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The Everyday Ageism Scale: Development and Evaluation.

Allen JO, Solway E, Kirch M, Singer D, Kullgren JT, Malani PN. The Everyday Ageism Scale: Development and Evaluation. Journal of aging and health. 2022 Mar 1; 34(2):147-157.

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OBJECTIVES: Older adults regularly encounter age-based discrimination and stereotyping in their day-to-day lives. Whether this type of routine ageism negatively affects their health and well-being is unclear, in part due to the absence of validated scales that comprehensively measure this phenomenon and distinguish it from other sources of everyday discrimination. METHODS: This study describes the development of a novel scale, the Everyday Ageism Scale, and its psychometric evaluation using a nationally representative sample of US adults age 50-80 from the December 2019 National Poll on Healthy Aging ( = 2012). RESULTS: Exploratory factor analysis indicated a 3-factor structure comprised of ageist messages, ageism in interpersonal interactions, and internalized ageism. The ten-item scale was psychometrically sound and demonstrated good internal reliability. DISCUSSION: Everyday ageism is a multidimensional construct. Preliminary evaluation of the Everyday Ageism Scale suggests its utility in future studies examining the prevalence of everyday ageism and its relationships with health.

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