Grouplab, a very active group of researchers from the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, have been blogging more recently about interesting topics ranging from innate kindness to problematic mediation analyses! Members of EURAGE involved in Grouplab have joined in to share their thoughts on a number of issues. Dr Hannah Swift discusses ageism as a forgotten prejudice, Professor Dominic Abrams looks at perceptions of public consensus and its effects on actual public opinion, and PhD researcher Ruth Lamont looks at intergroup relations and charitable giving.

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Read Dr Hannah Swift’s comment on the Age Action Alliance blog. The blog highlights the problems of ageism today and how the Everyday Ageism Project acts as a safe and secure forum for people to share their experiences of ageism.

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At this conference held in Cyprus, Professor Dominic Abrams' presentation provided an overview of the research conducted by the EURAGE team and summarised key findings from the Experiences and Expressions of ageism module fielded in the 2008/9 European Social Survey.  Research conducted by EURAGE has been widely presented to inform policy makers in the UK and in Portugal, as well as the EU, to stimulate political debate, and to test and develop psychological and sociological theories underpinning attitudes to age and experiences of ageism.  The presentation highlighted the substantial variation in attitudes to age both between individuals and countries, which extend to basic perceptions, such as views about when youth ends and old age begins, and people’s expectations of younger and older people.

The presentation showcased three current research papers exploring the impact of country level differences, such as wealth (e.g. Gross Domestic Product), income inequality, unemployment and cultural values on older people’s well-being, self-perceived health and the perceived status of people over 70 in society. 

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The Everyday Ageism Project aims to capture people’s everyday experiences of ageism. EURAGE research shows that across the European region, ageism is the most commonly experienced form of prejudice, yet relatively little is known about how it is experienced, who experiences it and the situations which may leave people vulnerable to age discrimination. By providing a safe forum for people to anonymously share their experiences, the project aims to understand the consequences of ageism and the ways that age discrimination can affect people’s everyday lives. We also wish to encourage people to share their stories to show that ageism does exist and that it is a valid problem worth discussing.

Visit everydayageism.blogspot.co.uk for more information.

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Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Hannah Swift were asked to summarise some of the topline results from the Experiences and Expressions of Ageism module fielded in the 2008/9 European Social Survey. The booklet focuses on key findings for the UK, exploring people’s experiences of ageism including the relationship between ageism and well-being and the impact of ageism on beliefs about how different age groups are viewed by society. The report also explores issues of intergenerational solidarity, looking at how similar younger and older age groups are perceived to be and the likelihood of people having friendships with others from different age groups.

Findings will be disseminated to relevant policy makers in early 2013.

 


 

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