Semantics of the Image of Old Age in the Perception of Adults

Keywords: old age, the image of old age, aging, social perception, adults


The paper considers the results of the analysis of the problem of reflecting the subjective image of old age in perceptions of respondents of adulthood. Empirical research of the semantic characteristics of the concept of «old age» was carried out through a directed associative experiment and content analysis indicating the absolute frequency of each associate. It was proved that the semantic of the image of old age in perceptions of different generations differs significantly: in early adulthood, respondents are more focused on physiological markers of aging, middle-aged people are primarily concerned about social insecurity and financial constraints of the elderly; representatives of the gerontological group represent the most congruent image of old age, which integrates biological, sociocultural and psychological markers of aging in its structure.


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Tokareva, N. (2021). Semantics of the Image of Old Age in the Perception of Adults. Psycholinguistics in a Modern World, 16, 289-293.