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Title: Age stereotypes and discriminatory attitudes towards older workers : an East-West comparison
Authors: Chiu, W 
Chan, AW 
Snape, E
Redman, T
Keywords: Age discrimination
Age stereotypes
Equal opportunities
Human resource management
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Human relations, 2001, v. 54, no. 5, p. 629-661 How to cite?
Journal: Human relations 
Abstract: This study compared age stereotypes among 567 respondents sampled in the UK and Hong Kong and examined how these stereotypes were related to discriminatory attitudes at work Compared to the Hong Kong sample, UK respondents saw older workers as more effective at work, but less adaptable to change. As expected, respondents' own age was predictive of positive age stereotypes, although for supervisors this relationship was moderated in the case of perceptions of work effectiveness. Stereotypical beliefs were found to significantly affect respondents' attitudes towards the training, promotion and retention of older workers, their willingness to work with older workers, and their support for positive discrimination. Findings also suggest that anti-age discrimination policies in the respondent's organization had a positive impact on beliefs about the adaptability of older workers and possibly also on attitudes towards providing them with training. Implications of the findings were discussed in light of the existing socio-political environment in the UK and Hong Kong.
ISSN: 0018-7267
EISSN: 1741-282X
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