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Ageism and Age Discrimination at the Workplace—a Psychological Perspective

  • Maria Clara de Paula CoutoEmail author
  • Klaus Rothermund
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Abstract

We all have heard that the world population in industrialized countries has been—and will be—going through a stark demographic change. Specifically, such a shift in the age structure encompasses a decrease in the proportion of younger people coupled with an increased number of older adults in the population. How this resultant “aging world” affects different spheres of social and economic life has been a topic of discussion for years. The workforce and the labor force participation is one of those spheres that have been marked by changes in the age structure [28, 66, 67]. For example, younger and older adults are now working together as never before, leading organizations to work on strategies to deal with intergenerational tensions and to foster good relations between old and young co-workers. In this regard, questions arise such as what are the consequences of the increasing number of older adults for the work domain. Is it the case that older adults face more challenges in the workplace and in the job market? In this chapter, we address these topics by discussing the impacts of the shift in the age structure in the work context and the associated difficulties faced by older adults in the workplace. The topic of ageism and age discrimination in the workplace, their determinants and consequences, is specially relevant for this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Clara de Paula Couto
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    Email author
  • Klaus Rothermund
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich-Schiller-UniversitätJenaGermany

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