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Perceived Age Discrimination Across Age in Europe: From an Ageing Society to a Society for All Ages

Bratt, Christopher, Abrams, Dominic, Swift, Hannah J., Vauclair, Christine-Melanie, Marques, Sibila (2017) Perceived Age Discrimination Across Age in Europe: From an Ageing Society to a Society for All Ages. Developmental Psychology, 54 (1). pp. 167-180. ISSN 0012-1649. E-ISSN 1939-0599. (doi:10.1037/dev0000398) (KAR id:64573)

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Abstract

Ageism is recognized as a significant obstacle to older people’s well-being, but age discrimination against younger people has attracted less attention. We investigate levels of perceived age discrimination across early to late adulthood, using data from the European Social Survey (ESS), collected in 29 countries (N = 56,272). We test for approximate measurement invariance across countries. We use local structural equation modeling as well as moderated nonlinear factor analysis to test for measurement invariance across age as a continuous variable. Using models that account for the moderate degree of noninvariance, we find that younger people report experiencing the highest levels of age discrimination. We also find that national context substantially affects levels of ageism experienced among older respondents. The evidence highlights that more research is needed to address ageism in youth and across the life span, not just old adulthood. It also highlights the need to consider factors that differently contribute to forms of ageism experienced by people at different life stages and ages.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/dev0000398
Uncontrolled keywords: perceived discrimination, ageism, measurement invariance, European Social Survey
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Studies of Group Processes
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Dominic Abrams
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 10:04 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64573 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
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