Essay On Ageism

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Ageism in Middle-Aged Adults
Miesha Bell
Southern Methodist University

Adults entering the midlife years (middle adulthood) are experiencing an overabundance of life changes. Hall, Hernandez, Wong, and Justice (2015) stated that, during middle adulthood important changes occur across the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development. There is a mounting amount of research on the changes that middle-aged adults experience. One of the most unexplored factor that middle-aged adults experience is Ageism. Ageism can be defined as the act of being prejudice or discriminative towards a specific age group. Although, Ageism can occur at any given place and in any age group. Research shows that it is more prevalent in older adults,
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Discrimination can be defined as the act of showing favoritism of or against a person based off of group, class, or category. Prejudice does not necessarily consist of the actual action on the attitude. There are two types of discrimination covert and overt. Overt discrimination is more blatant, whereas Covert discrimination lies beneath the surface, meaning that it not easily noticed. (Wong 2015) Covert discrimination is the most common discrimination that is experienced by middle-aged adults in the work place. In a study done by Kossen and Hammer, it was found that middle-aged job seekers experienced discrimination by Job network agencies in many different forms. In this study, Job networks agencies didn’t want to place the middle-aged clients in a job that matches their skills. The participants noticed that the agencies put more of their attention to the clients that were considered to be, “easy to place” clients. In most cases, the “easy to place” clients, were younger than the middle-aged clients. The staff showed a lack of willingness to help the older clients. Participants in this study also experienced a restrictiveness of job information. The staff of the agencies provided limited information on the job title and descriptions to the middle-aged clients, therefore, the clients really couldn’t tell whether or not they could meet the standards of the employers or properly prepare…show more content…
Middle-age adults experience Ageism on a regular basis. Counselors may encounter many cases where middle-age adults have experienced Ageism (discrimination). (Wong 2015). Younger counselors may need to explore their own bias attitudes towards working with middle-aged adults to better prepare themselves for working with middle-aged clients who have experienced Ageism. It is imperative that counselors be able to identify how Ageism can affect the individual emotionally and socially. By doing this, they serve as an advocate for middle-aged adults who experience Ageism. Due to the depth of the changes that mature-aged individuals, (job seekers), experience, they require more time with caseworkers to overcome certain barriers to employment. Training implications should be put in place to help diversify the mature-aged adult’s skills. This would expand the individual qualifications. As a result, making job-searching easier for them. Also, this approach can help alleviate some of the stereotypes and bias attitudes that people have toward the mature-aged group. As stated by Boswell 2012, Prior studies have linked poor knowledge of aging to negative attitudes and emotions about Aging. Researchers impose that there should be more education about Aging. Increasing knowledge on Ageism may result in the creation of successful intervention programs. It can also increase the younger generation
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