Attitudes, knowledge, and interest: Preparing university students to work in an aging world

Goncalves, Daniela C., Guedes, Joana, Fonseca, Antonio M., Pinto, Fernando Cabral, Martin, Inacio, Byrne, Gerard J. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2011) Attitudes, knowledge, and interest: Preparing university students to work in an aging world. International Psychogeriatrics, 23 2: 315-321. doi:10.1017/S1041610210001638

Author Goncalves, Daniela C.
Guedes, Joana
Fonseca, Antonio M.
Pinto, Fernando Cabral
Martin, Inacio
Byrne, Gerard J.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Attitudes, knowledge, and interest: Preparing university students to work in an aging world
Journal name International Psychogeriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6102
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1041610210001638
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 315
End page 321
Total pages 7
Editor David Ames
Place of publication Cambridge, England, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The underlying goals of the present study were (i) to assess knowledge of and attitudes towards aging in a sample of Portuguese undergraduate students undertaking various degrees in health and welfare subjects, and (ii) to analyze the extent to which knowledge, attitudes and other factors were associated with interest in working with older adults.
Methods: The study was cross-sectional in design. The sample comprised 460 Portuguese undergraduate students enrolled in degrees in nursing, social work, and psychology. They were asked to complete questionnaires and quizzes, which were analyzed using contingency tables and one way analysis of variance for inter-group comparison, and then subjected to multivariate logistic regression analysis.
Results: Significant differences emerged between groups on knowledge, attitudes towards aging and interest in working with older adults, with both nursing and social work students displaying more positive attitudes, knowledge, and interest in working with older adults, when compared with psychology students. A regression analysis indicated that attitudes, knowledge, and previous formal contact were significant predictors of interest.
Conclusion: Interest in working with older adults was significantly related to positive attitudes, more knowledge and formal previous contact. Positive attitudes towards older adults can be promoted through interaction with faculty members and experts, knowledge acquisition about normative changes with age, and contact with healthy and impaired older adults.
Keyword Attitudes towards aging
Older adults
Undergraduate students
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 15 Sep 2010

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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