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Ageing perception in seniors’ formal caregivers


MOJ Gerontology & Geriatrics
Maria João Beja, Department of Psychology, University of Madeira, Campus da Penteada

Abstract

This paper explores the ageing perception of a group of seniors' caregiver workers, particularly those who have direct contact with the elderly while performing their tasks. Therefore, we analyze the variables that influence this perception and the ones that can be good predictors. One hundred and forty-eight individuals took part in this study (a hundred and thirty- five females and twelve males) with ages between twenty-one and sixty-five years old. It was applied the Portuguese versions of the tests Ageing Perception Questionnaire, the Self-Concept Scale (TSCS:2) and a sociodemographic questionnaire. The results showed that the ageing perception is more negative as age advances. On the other hand, individuals with higher education, training in the health field or with a stronger self-concept have a more positive ageing perception. The studied variables that best predict the emotional representation for ageing are the academic qualifications and the academic self-concept.

Keywords

ageing, elderly, self-concept, aging perception, formal caregiver, timeline-cyclical, negative aspects, nursing home, higher education, consequences-negative, statistical data, academic qualifications, stereotyped perception, sociodemographic variables, multiple regression, behaviours.

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