The Role of Quality of Face-to-face Intergenerational Contact in Reducing Ageism: The Perspectives of Young People

Alice N.L. Kwong, Elsie C.W. Yan

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Abstract

This study examined the role of face-to-face intergenerational contact in reducing ageism among 467 young Chinese people. The results showed that the quality of face-to-face intergenerational contact contributed significantly to young people’s attitudes toward older people, and that equal intergenerational status and frequent phone communication were positively associated with the perceived quality of their face-to-face contact between older and younger people. Also, attitudes toward older people and phone communication had a significant positive influence on their prosocial behavior toward older people. Strategies to reduce ageism should include policies to strengthening positive intergenerational relationships especially in families with elderly members, and efforts to implementing intergenerational programs that feature an equal intergenerational status.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Ageism
  • attitude
  • intergenerational communication
  • intergenerational contact
  • prosocial behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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