Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. David Corbin


The purpose of this investigation was to answer the following research questions: 1. How do the attitudes of physicians toward the older adult compare to the attitudes of previously studied medical students? 2. What is the relationship between the attitudes of physicians toward older adults and the following: medical specialty, years in practice, sex, age, estimate of percent of patients 65 and older and whether or not a physician has ever taken a course on aging? Two hundred physicians completed the questionnaire. The number of respondents represented 27 different medical specialties, later regrouped to 14 specialties. Results of this study indicated that there was a significant relationship between the age of the physician and his or her attitudes toward older people, and a low but significant correlation found between years in practice and attitudes toward aging.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Joan Swanson Hellbusch July, 1992.