It's one of the most experienced forms of discrimination. It's also one of the most accepted. Here's how to fight it.
Featuring Dr. Hannah Swift, a senior lecturer in Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Kent in the UK.
Citations and further reading:
- Polimeni, J. (2015). Jokes optimise social norms, laughter synchronises social attitudes: an evolutionary hypothesis on the origins of humour. The European Journal of Humour Research, 4(2), 70–81.
- Martin, A. E., & North, M. S. (2021). Equality for (almost) all: Egalitarian advocacy predicts lower endorsement of sexism and racism, but not ageism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.
- Wrzus, C., Hänel, M., Wagner, J., & Neyer, F. J. (2013). Social network changes and life events across the life span: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 139(1), 53–80.
- Witzel, D. D., & Stawski, R. S. (2021). Resolution Status and Age as Moderators for Interpersonal Everyday Stress and Stressor-Related Affect. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.
- Felmlee, D., & Muraco, A. (2009). Gender and Friendship Norms Among Older Adults. Research on Aging, 31(3), 318–344.
- Marques, S., Lima, M. L., Abrams, D., & Swift, H. (2014). Will to live in older people’s medical decisions: immediate and delayed effects of aging stereotypes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44(6), 399–408.
- Swift, H. J., Abrams, D., Lamont, R. A., & Drury, L. (2017). The Risks of Ageism Model: How Ageism and Negative Attitudes toward Age Can Be a Barrier to Active Aging. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 195–231.
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