Age Stereotypes and Workplace Age Discrimination

Richard A. Posthuma, María Fernanda Wagstaff and Michael A. Campion

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Age Stereotypes and Workplace Age Discrimination

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This chapter analyzes the current state of research on the topic of age stereotypes and age discrimination in the workplace. Recognizing the growing importance of age stereotyping research as the workforces of many countries continue to grow older, this chapter defines and differentiates the important concepts used in this field of research (e.g., age stereotyping, ageism, age discrimination). Specific illustrations of age stereotyping are identified, and it is shown how these stereotypes can have negative impacts on both workers and their employers. The relationship between age stereotyping and age discrimination is discussed with reference to recent court cases. A meta-framework that provides guidance for future research is offered to enhance the coordinated growth of research in this field. Finally, specifi c directions for future research and best practices for organizations are identified.

Keywords: age stereotypes; age discrimination; older workers; aging

Article.  10550 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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