Ageism Interventions Change Attitudes
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by Successful Aging in Action! | 2.5.20
By: Deborah Quilter
The World Health Organization says ageism is the most socially acceptable prejudice in the world and deems it such a serious public health threat that it commissioned studies on five aspects of it. One of these studies set out to determine whether intervention programs can actually change people’s attitudes and reduce ageism.
Researchers at Cornell University and the University of Toronto performed an exhaustive meta-analysis entitled “Interventions to Reduce Ageism against Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” to see if anti-ageism methods work.
Meta-analyses combine data from many independent studies of the same subject to determine overall trends. These provide powerful insights that single studies alone cannot prove and give researchers more confidence in the results because they are based on many studies, not just a standalone.
The WHO notes that ageism is usually unchallenged due to its largely implicit and subconscious nature. Because of this, it’s entirely possible for people to be ageist without knowing it. (The WHO has a nine-question quiz so you can rate your own ageism.)
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