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Images of Old Age in Selected Scripts for Young Audiences

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Examines how old age is portrayed in 35 popular plays for children. Suggests ways children's theatre can help children form positive attitudes on aging. (PD)

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Altersbilder von Kindern und Jugendlichen standen dabei eher im Hintergrund, obwohl sie in verschiedener Hinsicht von wissenschaftlichem und öffentlichem Interesse sind. Aus der Forschung zu Geschlechterstereotypen ist bekannt, dass sich Vorurteile häufig schon in der frühen Kindheit herausbilden und in der Adoleszenz zunehmend stabilisiert werden. Altersbilder von Kindern können darüber hinaus auch als Produkte der Stereotype erwachsener Bezugspersonen und/oder medial transportierter Altersbilder in Kinderbüchern und Fernsehen gesehen werden – Einflüsse, die an Bedeutung gewinnen, wenn Primärerfahrungen im Umgang mit alten Menschen seltener werden, Kernfamilien kleiner werden und verwandtschaftliche wie lokale Netzwerke schrumpfen.
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Recent attention has focused upon the manner in which the elderly are portrayed in newspapers, television, magazines, advertisements, cartoons, popular music, and books. Numerous investigators have identified prejudicial and negative attitudes directed toward older people in these media. This investigation analyzed the content of five basal reading series published in the 1960s and 1980s by the same companies to see if the manner in which the elderly are portrayed has changed. The analysis focused on demographic data, literary depictions, personal characteristics, and general representations of characters who appeared to be 65 years old or older. The results indicated that, although the elderly are underrepresented in the books in comparison to their actual proportion in the population, they are generally portrayed in the reading series of both the 1960s and 1980s as competent, helpful, positive members of society.
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