Gerontology Ch. 2

  1. biomedicalization of aging
    the belief that problems associated with aging are biological rather than social and behavioral.
  2. Self-concept
    The way in which a person sees himself or herself as being.
  3. Social construction of self
    Addresses the idea that the way we interpret events in our lives is partially a reflection of how we are treated, and partially the extent to which we have internalized the way society has defined or categorized us.
  4. Phenomonology
    The meaning of an event is defined by the person experiencing that event.
  5. Cultural Lag
    Makes our attitudes and cultural beliefs slower to change than the technology and social awareness that has improved our longevity.
  6. Media Watch Task
    Supported by the Gray Panthers, to identify and protest television programs that present stereotypical and unrealistic portrayals of elderly people.
  7. Reversed stereotype of aging
    Depicting older individuals as "younger" doing activities such as racecar driving, break dancing
  8. Patronizing communication
    Over-accomadation in communication based on stereotyped expectations of incompetence.
  9. Communication accomadation theory
    people modify their speech and behavior based on their assessment of their communication partner.
  10. authoritarian personality
    less-educated, rigid, untrusting, insecure persons are the ones who hold prejudices.
  11. Frustration-agression hypothesis
    Those who are frustrated, perhaps by poverty and low status, take it out in aggression towards others.
  12. Selective perception
    We see what we expect to see and selectively ignore what we do not expect to see.
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Gerontology Ch. 2
Gerontology Ch. 2 Stereotypes and Images