Health Sciences Students' Attitudes Towards Older People.

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Aca Z., Özkan Ş., Yeşilaydin G.

Social work in public health, vol.39, pp.36-47, 2024 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/19371918.2024.2316873
  • Journal Name: Social work in public health
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, AgeLine, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Geobase, MEDLINE, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.36-47
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated Turkish health sciences students’ attitudes toward

older adults. Data were collected using Kogan’s Attitudes Toward Old People

Scale (KAOPS). The sample consisted of 369 students from a public university

in Turkey. Participants had low-level positive attitudes toward older adults.

Age, grade level, income, curriculum on old age, and willingness to work for

healthcare institutions and social services for older people affected their

attitudes. Participants’ KAOPS scores differed by desired distance from parents

after marriage, the introduction of a curriculum on old age, and their

willingness to live close to parents after marriage, take elective courses about

old age, volunteer in activities and projects for older adults, and work for

healthcare institutions and/or social services for older adults after graduation.

The curricula should address older adults to improve students’ attitudes

toward them. Policymakers and administrators should evaluate young generations’

attitudes toward older adults and develop policies based on evidence-

based data.