Research suggests that errors committed by older adults are viewed as more problematic than identical errors committed by younger adults. This study is the first to examine whether these age-based biases are found when evaluating social partners. The current study (N = 162) used a 2 X 2 (target age: young vs. old; familiarity: hypothetical vs. social partner) between-subjects design to assess the extent that familiarity influences the evaluations of errors committed by others. Findings suggest that age-based biases do not differ when evaluating social partners compared to hypothetical targets. Implications for counselors and other healthcare professionals are included.
Kimbler, Kristopher J. and Escalon, Ashley M.
"The Role of Familiarity and the Age-based Double Standard in Evaluating Memory and IADL Errors,"
Adultspan Journal: Vol. 21:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://mds.marshall.edu/adsp/vol21/iss1/4