Posted by: Frank Walker LMFT | March 13, 2015

Negative Views Of Aging

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Negative Views of Aging



Prof. Levy says she has found negative age stereotypes can generate stress in older people, and research shows that stress can raise the risk of psychiatric disorders later in life, so perhaps one explanation for their findings is that exposure to negative age stereotypes makes older people more susceptible to psychiatric disorders.

“These results suggest that reducing the negative age stereotypes that are present in media, marketing, and everyday conversations could have mental health benefits,” she adds.

The authors believe this is the first study to link attitude to age stereotypes to stress-related psychiatric conditions.


Lower prevalence of psychiatric conditions when negative age stereotypes are resisted, Becca R. Levy, et al., Social Science & Medicine DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.046, published October 2014, Abstract.

Yale School of Medicine news release, accessed 7 September 2014.


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