Ageistic stereotypes and practices have become a normal and therefore pervasive phenomenon in various aspects of everyday life (e.g., Ayalon & Tesch-Römer, 2018). Over the past few years, renewed awareness towards self-directed age stereotyping in older adults has given rise to a new line of research focused on the potential role of attitudes towards ageing on seniors’ health and functioning (i.e., Levy, 2009). This set of studies has showed how a negative internalisation of ageistic stereotypes would discourage older adults in seeking medical advice (i.e., Sarkisian, 2002), in addition to be associated to negative subjective health evaluation (e.g., Moor and Zimprich, 2006). An important dimension of mental health that is often affected in older adults is represented by sleep quality and satisfaction (e.g., Park et al., 2014). Previous reports have highlighted how seniors with poor quality of sleep would be less likely to report such disturbances compared to younger individuals, often perceiving poor sleep as a prerogative of ageing (i.e., Gooneratne et al., 2014). Objective of this study is to examine an association between personal attitudes towards ageing in adults aged 60s+ and their self-reported sleep quality. It is hypothesised thar older adults reporting more negative attitudes towards ageing will tend to interpreter their subjective sleep quality in a more negative way compared to their peers.
Serena Salvi, Northumbria University, United Kingdom