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Negative stereotypes towards older people. A study with teachers in initial training

Moreno-Crespo, Pilar; Moreno-Fernández, Olga; Pedrero-García, Encarnación

Objective. Find out whether there are stereotypes towards older adults by the group of teachers in initial training. Method. The approach was quantitative and not probabilistic through a case study with university students who are preparing to become primary school teachers in the Spanish education system. This training profile includes adult and senior education as an additional professional outlet. The sample (N=110) has been selected among students of the Primary Education Degree. We have applied the Negative Stereotype Questionnaire for the Elderly (CENVE) and the Educational Stereotype Questionnaire for the Elderly (CEEAM). Results. we suggest that the respondents present some degree of stereotype towards older adults; the stereotype is greater when we question the deterioration of memory, as well as when we question cognitive impairment in general. However, the data are positive, although in the case of the Health Factor we find two items where the respondents denote a higher level of stereotype. Conclusions. Based on these results, we conclude that it is necessary to work on stereotypical perceptions, especially in those students who are pursuing careers related to education, since their professional performance can lead them to develop their teaching careers in adult and senior education.

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