Attieksme pret vecumu un veciem cilvēkiem sabiedrībā: Eiropas Sociālā pētījuma datu analīze

English title: Attitudes Towards Age and Elderly People: Analysis of European Social Survey

Author(s): Ilze Koroleva - Ritma Rungule -

Language: Latvian

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2011


The paper is based on the analysis of ESS data collected in round 3 and 4. The authors analyze subjective attitudes towards age. In Latvia, the average age when people stop thinking of themselves as young is rather high — 44 years, while in EU countries it is 40 years. Speaking of the age when a person should be considered old, opinions in various countries are more uniform. In Latvia, just as in other EU countries on average, it is 63 years. The ideas on what is characteristic to elderly people vary from country to country. The majority of respondents in Latvia, Germany and Denmark associate old age with physical weakness and the need for help from other people. In all of the countries that were included in the analysis the fact of becoming a grandmother or granddad is not an indicator of old age for the majority of respondents. The authors conclude that the most significant differences among old and new EU member states are in the perception of economic input of the elderly population. Such situtation contributes to the spread of age stereotypes and discrimination, as well as slows down the implementation of active aging policies.

Conference name: Riga Stradins University Scientific conference

Location: Riga

Start date: Apr 14, 2011

Type: Paper

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