Measures of attitudes to ageing typically examine only explicit attitudes, treating attitude holders as a homogeneous group with regards to education levels. Implicit attitudes (i.e. the immediate attitudinal response before conscious processes amend that attitude to an explicit attitude) have been less commonly examined. The current study examined both explicit and implicit attitudes towards ageing in three groups: nurses with high exposure to older patients; nurses with exposure to a broader patient age range and nursing students (at the start and end of training). There were no significant differences in explicit attitudes, but implicit attitudes were significantly less negative in the student population relative to the practicing nurses groups. The argument that training and experience have little effect on attitudes is discussed.
- implicit attitudes