In this study younger and older persons were compared with regard to their stereotypes about both age groups, their self-concept and self-esteem. We examined the relation between age and stereotypes about younger and older adults, the relation between stereotypes about one's own age group and self-concepts, and the relation between self-concepts and self-esteem. Stereotypes and self-concepts were measured on two dimensions, warmth and competence. Twenty-eight younger adults (16-25 years) and 26 older adults (65-85 years) participated in this study. Both age groups perceived younger persons as more competent than older persons and older persons as more warm than younger persons. Older persons rate themselves higher than their in-group on competence and warmth. Younger respondents did the same, but on warmth only. A rating of the own person as more competent than the stereotype of their own age group, is related to self-esteem for older persons. Distancing oneself from negative stereotypes about one's own age group is an important key in maintaining high levels of self-esteem, but only in old age.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mutual stereotypes of younger and older adults and their relation with self-concept and self-esteem|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor gerontologie en geriatrie|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2007|