Ageism: Does it Exist Among Children?

  title={Ageism: Does it Exist Among Children?},
  author={Mladen Davidovi{\'c} and Z Marijana Djordjevic and Predrag Erceg and Neboj{\vs}a Despotovi{\'c} and Dragoslav P. Milosevic},
  journal={The Scientific World Journal},
  pages={1134 - 1139}
Ageism is stereotyping and prejudice against individuals or groups because of their age. Robert Butler first used it in 1969, to express a systematic stereotyping and discrimination against elderly people. Available data appears to confirm that attitudes of children to the old age differ from that of adults. The study population consisted of 162 subjects (56 school children, 48 nurses and 58 elderly patients). Each subject in the survey was asked to respond to the following three questions… 
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