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Influence of Religiosity on the Saudi Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward Older People and Perceptions on Elderly Care


This cross-sectional study examined the influence of Saudi nursing students’ religiosity on their attitudes toward older people and on their perceptions of elderly care. A sample of 175 nursing students of a government university in Saudi Arabia was surveyed using the Kogan’s Attitudes toward Older People Scale, the Perspectives on Caring for Older Adults Scale, and the Muslim Religious Index. The students reported they are religious, they have modest attitudes toward older people, and they have neutral perception about elderly care. Religiosity showed a positive influence on the students’ attitudes toward older people and on their perceptions about elderly care.

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The authors are thankful to the Deanship of Scientific Research through the Research Center at the College of Nursing, King Saud University for supporting this research project.

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Alshehry, A.S., Almazan, J.U. & Alquwez, N. Influence of Religiosity on the Saudi Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward Older People and Perceptions on Elderly Care. J Relig Health 59, 2701–2714 (2020).

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  • Attitudes
  • Elderly care
  • Nursing students
  • Older people
  • Saudi Arabia