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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(11), 233; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7110233

Unfolding Ageism: A Comparative Study of the Divided Ethnic Communities in Cyprus

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Department of Social Sciences, University of Nicosia, Social Work Programme, 46, Makedonitissas Ave. CY-2417, P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700 Nicosia, Cyprus
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Cyprus International University, 99258 Nicosia, North Cyprus
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Department of Social Sciences, University of Nicosia, Psychology Programme, 46, Makedonitissas Ave. CY-2417, P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700 Nicosia, Cyprus
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Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 7 November 2018 / Accepted: 7 November 2018 / Published: 12 November 2018
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The aims and objectives of this article are to present the first survey ever conducted in Cyprus of the views and perceptions that Cypriots have of old age. In particular, the researchers, Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot social workers, wanted to explore the issue of ageism within the two Cypriot communities, the Greek-Cypriot (Greek-speaking) and the Turkish-Cypriot (Turkish-speaking) populations. Against all odds, the two social workers, one from each community, began collaborating towards the exploration and comparison of social issues in the two Cypriot ethnic communities. Because the two communities have been forced to live separately since 1974, researchers aimed to investigate whether this long separation affected their views on old age. The study was also run online, and the survey was designed with the use of Google Forms. Although the results of the study are not significantly different between the two communities, the current survey explores the preservation of common cultural and social views and values among the two ethnic communities, despite their forced separation. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageism; older adults; Greek-Cypriots; Turkish-Cypriots ageism; older adults; Greek-Cypriots; Turkish-Cypriots
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Neocleous, G.; Erzeybek, B.; Apostolou, M. Unfolding Ageism: A Comparative Study of the Divided Ethnic Communities in Cyprus. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 233.

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