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Patronizing and Policing Elderly People

  • Author(s): Giles, Howard
  • Zwang-Weissman, Yardena
  • Hajek, Christorpher
  • et al.

426 students rated a vignette wherein an older person was patronized (more or less) or not by a police officer. Trait attributions were linearly related to extent of patronization: predictably negative for the patronizers, yet positive for the recipients. Visual appearances of patronizers and patronizees did not influence these patterns.

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