Research - Older People

A Model of (Often Mixed) Stereotype Content: Competence and Warmth Respectively Follow from Status and Competition

Fiske, S.T., A.J.C. Cuddy, P. Glick, and J. Xu. (2002.) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 82(6): 878–902.

Stereotype Content Model hypothesizes that competence and warmth determine stereotyping, depending on the balance (high or low) of each. The researchers explored  gender, ethnicity, race, class, age, and disability as they pertained to various combinations of competence and warmth. Read article here. 

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Diagnostic Labels, Stigma, and Participation in Research Related to Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Garand, L, Lingler, J.H., O’Conner, K, and Dew, M.A. (2009.) Res Gerontol Nursing; 2(2): 112–121.

While labeling dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) provide valuable therapeutic and research benefits, the stigma that is associated with the label can interfere with participation in clinical trials and accessing care. Researchers must work to overcome the barriers that surface as a result of the stigma.  Read manuscript here. 

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A social psychological perspective on the stigmatization of older adults.

Richeson, J. A., & Shelton, J. N. (2006). When I’m 64, 174-208.

Research from both perspectives reveals that ageist beliefs negatively influence the life outcomes of older adults, directly as well as through expectancy effects and self-stereotyping. In addition, the reviewed literature reveals important complexities and nuances of age stigma. Read article here.

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