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Gerokomos

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SARABIA COBO, Carmen María  and  CASTANEDO PFEIFFER, Cristina. Changing negative stereotypes in old age in nursing students. Gerokomos [online]. 2015, vol.26, n.1, pp.10-12. ISSN 1134-928X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1134-928X2015000100003.

The aim of this study was to explore the modification of stereotypes and myths about aging in nursing degree students before and after teaching the subject Nursing Aging. Method: The research was a descriptive study within-subject repeated measures. It was used the Questionary Aging Negative Stereotypes (CENVE). Results: The overall prevalence of negative stereotypes was 62.0% in the pre-intervention measure (M1) and 12.3% in the post-intervention (M2), for the health factor, 63.5% (M1) and 9.2% (M2), for social reasons, 43.1% (M1) and 4.9% (M2) and personality character, 58.3% (M1) and 3.8% (M2). Is performed paired Student t confirming that the differences were statistically significant. Conclusions: There is a high prevalence of negative stereotypes toward the elderly among nursing students despite having done clinical practice and be in third grade. The subject has proven effective for changing these stereotypes. Proper training of future professionals contribute markedly to the dispensation of proper care, eradicating ageism trends as they are still prevalent in the healthcare system.

Keywords : stereotype; ageism; aging; nursing; attitude of health personnel.

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