Resilience in the Workplace: Job Conditions that Buffer Negative Attitudes Toward Older Workers

  • Jacquelyn B. James
  • Elyssa Besen
  • Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes


In the United States and abroad, older people are vulnerable to negative perceptions and stereotyping, and in some instances outright discrimination (Hedge et al. 2006). These vulnerabilities are especially problematic today due to the increasing demands for employment opportunities among older workers. Are there protective factors that render older workers resilient to these vulnerabilities? Are there things that employers of older workers can do to buffer these vulnerabilities?


Protective Factor Negative Attitude Young Worker Supervisor Support Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
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This study was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the Sloan Center on Aging & Work. We also want to acknowledge the contributions made by the organizations that participated in the Age & Generations Study and the work of other members of the research team, including Michael Smyer, Ph.D., co-principal investigator.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacquelyn B. James
    • 1
  • Elyssa Besen
  • Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes
  1. 1.Boston CollegeBostonUSA

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