Expressions of self-ageism in four European countries: a comparative analysis of predictors across cultural contexts

Belia Schuurman, Jolanda Lindenberg*, Johanna M. Huijg, Wilco P. Achterberg, Joris P. J. Slaets

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Self-ageism has a significant negative impact on older people's ageing experiences and health outcomes. Despite ample evidence on cross-cultural ageism, studies have rarely looked into the way cultural contexts affect self-ageism. In this article, we compare expressions of self-ageism and its possible predictors across four European countries based on two questionnaires in a study sample of 2,494 individuals aged 55 and older. We explore how predictors of self-ageism are moderated by cultural values in a comparative fixed-effects regression model. We empirically show that similarly to ageism, self-ageism is not present in the same way and to the same extent in every country. Moreover, the level to which cultures value hierarchy and intellectual autonomy significantly moderates the association between self-ageism and individual predictors of self-ageism. Our study adds to the small existing body of work on self-ageism by confirming empirically that certain expressions of self-ageism and individual predictors are susceptible to change in different cultural contexts. Our research results suggest that self-ageism interventions may benefit from a culturally sensitive approach and imply that more culturally diverse comparisons of self-ageism are necessary to figure out fitting ways to reduce self-ageism.

Originele taal-2English
ArtikelnummerPII S0144686X20001622
Pagina's (van-tot)1589-1606
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftAgeing & Society
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusPublished - jul.-2022


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