Fraboni Scale of Ageism (FSA)

Fraboni Scale of Ageism (FSA)
Fraboni et al.‚ 1990
1. Many old people are stingy and hoard their money and possessions. A
2. Many old people are not interested in making new friends‚ preferring instead the circle of friends they have had for years. A
3. Many old people just live in the past. A
4. Most old people should not be trusted to take care of infants. D
5. Many old people are happiest when they are with people their own age. AV
6. Most old people would be considered to have poor personal hygiene. A
7. Most old people can be irritating because they tell the same stories over and over again. A
8. Old people complain more than other people do. A
9. I would prefer not to go to an open house at a senior’s club‚ if invited. AV
10. Teenage suicide is more tragic than suicide among the old. A
11. I sometimes avoid eye contact with old people when I see them. AV
12. I don’t like it when old people try to make conversation with me. AV
13. Complex and interesting conversation cannot be expected from most old people. A
14. Feeling depressed when around old people is probably a common feeling. AV
15. Old people should find friends their own age. AV
16. Old people should feel welcome at the social gatherings of young people. AV
17. Old people don’t really need to use our community sports facilities. D
18. It is best that old people live where they won’t bother anyone. D
19. The company of most old people is quite enjoyable. * D
20. It is sad to hear about the plight of the old in our society these days. * D
21. Old people should be encouraged to speak out politically. * D
22. Most old people are interesting‚ individualistic people. * D
23. I personally would not want to spend much time with an old person. AV
24. There should be special clubs set aside within sports facilities so that old people can compete at their own level. D
25. Old people deserve the same rights and freedoms as do other members of our society.* D
26. Most old people should not be allowed to renew their driver’s licenses. A
27. Old people can be very creative. * AV
28. I would prefer not to live with an old person. AV
29. Old people do not need much money to meet their needs. A
* Reverse scored item
Attitudinal beliefs surrounding antiloction‚ and more behavior-based items concerning indirect discrimination‚ and moredirect avoidance.
1‚ strongly disagree‚ 2‚ disagree‚ 3‚ unanswered‚ 4‚ agree‚ 5‚ strongly agree.
Antilocution items: 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 6‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 13‚ 26‚ 29
Discrimination items: 4‚ 17‚ 18‚ 19‚ 20‚ 21‚ 22‚ 24‚ 25
Avoidance items: 5‚ 9‚ 11‚ 12‚ 14‚ 15‚ 16‚ 23‚ 27‚ 28
This instrument can be found online at:

Fraboni‚ M.‚ Saltstone‚ R.‚ & Hughes‚ S. (1990). The Fraboni Scale of Ageism (FSA): An attempt at a more precise measure of ageism. Canadian Journal of Aging‚ 9(1)‚ 56-66.

Hultgren‚ Kristin‚ “Speak Loud and Clear: Intergenerational Service-Learning To Ageism and Elderspeak” (2012). Psychology Student Work. Paper 3.