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J. Attitudes toward aging. The Gerontologist, 1976, 16, 220-224. , & Powers, E. The stereotype of "old": a review and an alternative approach. Tournai ofGerontology, 1976,31,441-447. Bultena, G. , & Powers, E. A. Denial of aging: age identification and reference group orientations. Tournai ofGerontology, 1978, 33, 748-754. Butler, R. Ageism-another form ofbigotry. The Gerontologist, 1969,9,243-246. Connor, C. , Litzelman, D. , & Alvarez, M. G. Evaluation of job applicants: The effects of age versus success.

They had their age-estimators rate each speaker (from the tape alone) on the basis of six adjectives describing personality characteristics. " The personality trait continua were: Weak-Strong, Outgoing-Reserved, ActivePassive, With-it-Out-of-it, Insecure-Self-assured, and Inflexible-Flexible. " It was found that older female speakers were rated as more reserved, passive, out-of-it, and inflexible than younger speakers. Older male speakers ca me out better; they were perceived only as more inflexible than younger speakers.

Another study reported otherwise, however-the age impact was greater than occupation. A new type of study has developed that is superior to the questionnaire studies. In these new studies, typewritten manuscripts are presented under the guise that they are true transcriptions of interviews or are true biographical accounts. In these transcriptions, the principal character is sometimes a man, sometimes a woman; sometimes the character is young, sometimes old. The transcription may be of a job interview or an artide written by the principal character, or something similar.

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