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Communication Predicaments of Aging: Patronizing Behavior toward Older Adults

Journal of Language & Social Psychology

Author: Ryan, E. B., Hummert, M. L., Boich, L. H.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1995

Abstract:

Within a communication accommodation framework, the emerging literature on patronizing communication directed to older adults in both institutional & community settings is reviewed. The verbal & nonverbal features of patronizing messages (modifications of communication based on age-based stereotypes of incompetence & dependence) are outlined, with an emphasis on the multiple, often ambiguous, meanings of such messages. The dual purposes of intergenerational communication (respect & caring) are discussed, emphasizing how a focus on caring for frail elders can lead to overparenting & dependency-supportive behaviors. Both field studies of staff talk addressed to older care receivers & evaluative studies with conversational scenarios have permitted analyses of the influences of provider behavior, recipient characteristics, context, & recipient response on the meaning of patronizing messages.


Further Details

Pages: 1-2
Volume: 14
Accession Number: 28.5.03
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1177/0261927X95141008
Keywords: older, behavioural
Reads: 292
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