Using the Relating to Older People Evaluation tool to measure ageism in higher education

Cronin, Camille and Brooke, Joanne (2019) Using the Relating to Older People Evaluation tool to measure ageism in higher education. Nursing Older People. ISSN 1472-0795

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The global population is ageing, and this trend is expected to continue. Cultures around the world socialise with older people differently with distinctive attitudes towards ageing. Ageism is a complex multifaceted concept that includes attitudes and behaviours. In the UK, ageism and discriminatory practices exist within nursing, and nurse educationalists and clinicians need to address ageist attitudes and promote older people care as healthcare needs increase.

Within the context of nursing there is a lack of synthesised evidence which measures ageism amongst nursing students. This paper examines the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) questionnaire which has been used in different student populations in Higher Education (HE) including nursing students.

A systematic search across databases was conducted from June 2007 to December 2017 resulting in 6 quantitative studies. Statistical analysis of ROPE was not possible, so a thematic analysis of the narrative was completed identifying two themes: attitudes predict behaviour and socialisation to ageism in HE.

There remains a need to explore ageism and ageist attitudes of student nurses in HE. The ROPE is a suitable tool to measure student nurses’ ageist attitudes and behaviours.

Item Type: Article
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19 February 2019Accepted
15 May 2019Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageism, discrimination, diversity, older people
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Joanne Brooke
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 08:46
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:37

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