Objectives: The present study aims to examine possible pathways that potentially account for the relationship between perceived age discrimination in healthcare settings (as one form of ageism) and health outcomes. Methods: We relied on 1570 complete surveys, which constitute a representative national sample of adults aged 50 and above in Israel. Results: We found a direct link between perceived age discrimination and health outcomes. This link was partially mediated by self-perceptions of aging and subsequently by health behaviors (e.g., eating vegetables) and preventive health behaviors (e.g., medical check-ups). The link between perceived age discrimination and health behaviors was moderated by age, thus, particularly detrimental for older people over the age of 65 as compared with those between the ages of 50 and 65. Discussion: This study adds to the literature as it examines comprehensive mechanisms to account for the path between perceived age discrimination and health status. Our findings point to the unique aspects associated with perceived age discrimination, which potentially make older people more susceptible to its negative effects.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Health|
|Early online date||2021|
|State||Published - Aug 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study was funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research 2018/4r.
© The Author(s) 2021.
- health behaviors
- older people
- prevention behaviors