ROPE: Relating to Old People Evaluation

Ageism Measure

Ageism is the stereotyping of older adults based on chronological age. It is a form of prejudice and discrimination similar to racism and sexism, which allows younger generations to view older adults as separate from mainstream society. Ageist language and imagery often leads to stereotypes of older adults as weak, frail and disabled. In contrast, there are also positive stereotypes of aging, when people assume that all older adults are wise or caring. Ageism includes prejudice (stereotypes and attitudes), personal discrimination (behaviours), and institutional discrimination (policies and practices). The Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) is a self-report measure of the frequency and type of ageist behaviors. ROPE is a 20-item questionnaire that measures personal discrimination through 14 statements that reflect negative types of ageism, and 6 statements that reflect positive types of ageism.

Scoring the Rope

Respondents choose one of three responses to each question. A Never response is scored as 0, Sometimes is scored as 1, and Often is scored as 2. Total score may be summed within each dimension and expressed as a proportion of the highest score possible for that dimension; or the number of items in a dimension with a Sometimes or Often response is divided by the number of items in that dimension (6 or 14) to result in the proportion of positive or negative behaviours reported. The first score is based on both the number and frequency of reported behaviours; the second score measures just the number of different reported behaviours.


Please put a check in the box that indicates how often you relate to old people (those over age 60) in these ways: