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Social Psychology & Gerontology: integrating theory to explain and intervene in age discrimination towards older people in Europe

Marques, Sibila and Swift, Hannah J. and Vauclair, Christine-Melanie and Abrams, Dominic and Bratt, Christopher and Lima, Maria Luisa (2017) Social Psychology & Gerontology: integrating theory to explain and intervene in age discrimination towards older people in Europe. In: Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives in social gerontology. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 45-66. ISBN 978-981-10-1653-0. E-ISBN 978-981-10-1654-7. (doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1654-7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Today, age discrimination is one of the most fundamental forms of discrimination endured by Europeans. In an ageing society this carries important consequences for the overall health and well-being of European citizens. This chapter discusses how integrating Social Psychology with Gerontology theorizing may contribute to the design of proper research and interventions dealing with this pressing social issue. To illustrate our discussion we present two case studies based on our findings from the “Experiences and expressions of ageism” module of the European Social Survey. Case 1 shows how the perception of age discrimination by older people mediates and helps to explain the effects of wealth inequality on older people’s subjective health. Case 2 presents compelling evidence showing that, among older people, identifying with being an older person is associated with poor health outcomes, especially in countries where older people’s status is lower. These findings are discussed in light of their implications for theory and practical intervention in this domain.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-981-10-1654-7
Uncontrolled keywords: ageism, social psychology, Europe, social identity, health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Emily Fell
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 08:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62049 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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