International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 12 Num. 1 - March 2012


Assessing affective component of ageist attitudes in the elder people: Scale on the Prejudice towards the Oldness and the Aging (PREJ-ENV)

Volume 12 Num. 1 - March 2012 - Pages 69-83


Adelia de Miguel Negredo , Carmen Luisa Castellano Fuentes


The study of the attitudes towards the oldness and the aging is important due to its repercussion in the behavior of the aged people and their physical and psychological health. In this study an instrument adapted to the old population is elaborated to measure the ageist attitudes that have the old people about their own process of the oldness and the aging. The sample composes 117 resident greater people in the island of Tenerife, with an average age of 68 years, without cognitive deterioration and with functional autonomy in their daily life. The results indicate a bifactorial structure for the Scale on the Prejudice Towards the Oldness and the Aging (PREJ-ENV), as well as a positive significant relation between the index of well-being and the factors of positive prejudice, and between the malaise and the negative factors of prejudice. The clinical utility for the evaluation of the ageist attitudes in its affective component is discussed.

Key words:

ageist attitudes, elderly people, aging, well-being, prejudice

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