Young adults' intergenerational communication schemas in Taiwan and the USA

Mei Chen Lin, Jake Harwood, Mary Lee Hummert

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The present research systematically examines cognitive representations of stereotypes of old age and young adults' and older adults' perceptions of their own communication accommodative behaviors, emotions, and communication satisfaction when a particular Intergenerational Communication Schema is activated. Taiwanese respondents show both congruent and incongruent patterns of responding: Some schemas yield consistently positive or negative responses across dependent variables, whereas others yield mixed and apparently inconsistent patterns. Respondents from the USA show that a helping orientation, when it is associated with different schemas (positive, very sympathetic, or negative) may result in different overall evaluations of the intergenerational conversation experience. Results are discussed in relation to the Communication Predicament of Aging Model and Chinese cultural values of intergenerational communication. Limitations are acknowledged and future studies are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-50
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Aging
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Older adults
  • Schema
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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