Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 02 February 2023

Open Access | Article

Young generation’s attitudes towards aging population

Lin Liu * 1
1 Moonshot academy, Lize west street, Beijing, China

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 239-245
Published 02 February 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Lin Liu. Young generation’s attitudes towards aging population. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 239-245.


Older adults, those above 65-years-old, are an exponentially growing population in China, raising concerns around the well-being of this social group. In particular, there are intergenerational conflicts between young teens and older adults, characterized by increased prejudice, stereotypes, and ageism. Drawn upon social contact theory, this study explores these negative intergroup attitudes towards the elders as a function of intention to interact with elders in China but also investigated a possible means to promote positive intergroup relationships (i.e., reading heterogeneous stories about elders on social media). A total of 84 Chinses teenagers aged 11-14 years old were recruited. Findings suggested that children with a lower frequency of contact with elders tend to show higher perceived threats and reported more agism. Moreover, the proposed stories about elders did not necessarily alter these teens’ attitudes towards elders. Theoretical and practical cautions were discussed based on these findings.


agism, young adults, Aging population, social contact theory., China


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