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Age Stereotypes Held Earlier in Life Predict Cardiovascular Events in Later Life

Age Stereotypes Held Earlier in Life Predict Cardiovascular Events in Later Life PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE Short Report Age Stereotypes Held Earlier in Life Predict Cardiovascular Events in Later Life 1 2 1 2 Becca R. Levy, Alan B. Zonderman, Martin D. Slade, and Luigi Ferrucci 1 2 Yale School of Public Health and National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, Maryland Measures When older individuals apply negative age stereotypes to themselves, they can adversely influence a wide range of out- Predictor: Age Stereotypes comes (Levy, Slade, Kunkel, & Kasl, 2002). These outcomes Starting in 1968, age stereotypes were measured with the 16- include a greater cardiovascular response to stress and worse item negative-age-stereotype subscale (e.g., ‘‘old people are health behaviors, such as higher tobacco use (Levy, Hausdorff, helpless’’) from the Attitudes Toward Older People Scale, a re- Hencke, & Wei, 2000; Levy & Myers, 2004), both of which have liable and valid measure (Tuckman & Lorge, 1953). All of the been linked to the risk of cardiovascular events (Jiang et al., items on the negative-age-stereotype subscale had loadings of .4 1996). or greater on a single factor, meeting the definition of meaningful We consider here for the first time whether negative stereo- factor-analysis loadings (Hatcher, 1994). In a validity analysis types http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Science SAGE

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© 2009 Association for Psychological Science
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0956-7976
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1467-9280
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10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02298.x
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19222809
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PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE Short Report Age Stereotypes Held Earlier in Life Predict Cardiovascular Events in Later Life 1 2 1 2 Becca R. Levy, Alan B. Zonderman, Martin D. Slade, and Luigi Ferrucci 1 2 Yale School of Public Health and National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, Maryland Measures When older individuals apply negative age stereotypes to themselves, they can adversely influence a wide range of out- Predictor: Age Stereotypes comes (Levy, Slade, Kunkel, & Kasl, 2002). These outcomes Starting in 1968, age stereotypes were measured with the 16- include a greater cardiovascular response to stress and worse item negative-age-stereotype subscale (e.g., ‘‘old people are health behaviors, such as higher tobacco use (Levy, Hausdorff, helpless’’) from the Attitudes Toward Older People Scale, a re- Hencke, & Wei, 2000; Levy & Myers, 2004), both of which have liable and valid measure (Tuckman & Lorge, 1953). All of the been linked to the risk of cardiovascular events (Jiang et al., items on the negative-age-stereotype subscale had loadings of .4 1996). or greater on a single factor, meeting the definition of meaningful We consider here for the first time whether negative stereo- factor-analysis loadings (Hatcher, 1994). In a validity analysis types

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Published: Mar 1, 2009

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