Why Stereotypes Are More Harmful Than Facts For Older Employees

When it comes to older people in the workplace Stereotypes not Facts do the Most Damage

Find out why stereotypes about a person’s age, cause more damage than facts about a person’s age

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • The relationship between Stereotype Threat and Age discrimination
  • The patronising nature of age based discrimination
  • How Researchers manipulate their participants and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Stereotype threat affects how people behave

stereotype threat refers to the knowledge that there are certain behaviours that fit this negative stereotype that could be taken as confirming the stereotype”

Stereotype threat affects is damaging for older employees 

Telling an older person that people assume that intellectual performance declines with age is more damaging than telling them research shows that intellectual performance declines with age”

Intergenerational contact may be the solution

“have you noticed how many researchers spend so much time on the problem, the brief solution they present is for contact among people who may be prejudiced against each other?”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

A Review and Meta-Analysis of Age-Based Stereotype Threat: Negative Stereotypes, Not Facts, Do the Damage

Check out these related episodes of the show

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The Triple Threat That Makes Minority Groups Sabotage Diversity & Inclusion [Research Breakdown]

How Favouritism Threat Turns Diversity Advocates Like You into Diversity Opponents [Research Breakdown]

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