The Paths Leading From Attachment to Ageism: A Structural Equation Model Approach

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Abstract

The study introduces a model in which attachment patterns serve as predictors, empathy and fear of death as mediators, and ageism as the predicted variable. Data were collected from young adults (N = 440). Anxious attachment was directly and positively correlated with ageism, and also indirectly and positively by the mediator "fear of death." Avoidant attachment was indirectly and negatively correlated with ageism by the mediator "empathy". It is suggested that interventions for reducing ageist attitudes among younger adults would focus on existential fears, as well as on empathic ability, according to the attachment tendencies of these individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalDeath Studies
Volume38
Issue number7
Early online date1 Oct 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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