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Aging Male. 2005 Jun;8(2):81-9.

Perceptions and attitudes towards aging in two culturally diverse groups of aged males: a South African experience.

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School for Psycho-Social Behavioural Sciences, Division of Social Work, Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, Potchefstroom 2531, South Africa.


The role of men has undergone tremendous change over the last decade due to various reasons. The researcher tried to combine two objectives in this study. Firstly the focus was on perceptions and attitudes of aged males towards themselves, significant others and the general process of aging. The second objective was to determine the culturally diverse perceptions and attitudes of aged males towards aging and some concomitant factors. The study was done within the qualitative paradigm. Seeing that research of this nature has seldom been undertaken, an exploratory research design was embarked on. Two culturally different groups, the one consisting of 12 aged black men and the other consisting of 12 aged white men, were established. Members for the two groups were selected by way of the accidental sampling technique. Vast differences were found between the two groups on some aspects, while on other aspects there were little differences.

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