Interrelation of Perception of Old Age and Respect toward Old People among Young Adults
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Keywords

Perception, old age, respect, young adults, moral values

Abstract

The present study aimed to assess the relationship between the perception of old age and respect towards old people among young adults. A sample of 132 participants from two academic institutions of Karachi, Pakistan was assessed. The sample comprised of both males (n = 69) and females (n = 63). The age group of participants ranged from 19 to 30 years (M = 21.44, SD = 1.86) and they belonged to socioeconomic strata ranging from middle-middle class to upper-middle class. The participants were selected from nuclear and joint family systems. They were surveyed using Expectations Regarding Aging – 12 Survey form (Sarkisian, Steers, Hays, & Mangione, 2005) and the Refined Aging Semantic Differential form (Polizzi, 2003) to analyze perception of old age and respect towards old people, respectively. The results revealed a weak positive correlation (p = .04) between perception of old age and respect towards old people in young adults. The findings emphasize the significance of bolstering positive perception of aging among young adults.

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