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Attitudes are a union of past practices

Attitudes are a union of past practices, opinions and approaches regarding a person or object that effect behavior. (Mario, Esses, Arnold, & Olson, 2004). Attitudes toward people and specific 3behaviors are, therefore, intensely influenced by an individual’s philosophies and learned practices. The Theory of Reasoned Action (Ajzen;Fishbein, 1980) suggests that an individuals’ intentions towards behavior are influenced by attitudes. People with constructive approaches concerning a specific person or object are more likely to have acceptable beliefs, behaviors and feelings toward those specific items. Negative attitudes are predecessors to negative feelings, behaviors, beliefs. In summary, attitudes affected by knowledge and beliefs, or deficiency, thereof, can encourage behaviors in definite directions.a
Older people make up the biggest set of service users, as they are referred to physiotherapy throughout a wide range of hospital and community based health and social care (Hogg, 2002). As physiotherapists frequently signify the interests of older people, it is important that they do not have ageist affinities so that treatments and communications with older people are optimally effective (French, 1990). Revell, Simpson and Dyer (1993) cautioned that discriminatory conduct along with deprived arrangements for working with older people will possibly lead to elder patients receiving a poorer standard of physiotherapy than is presented to younger people. It is important, therefore, that the beliefs and attitudes of physiotherapy students toward older people are investigated with a view to helping physiotherapy educators and hopefully students themselves understand them in order to ensure that care/rehabilitation of elders is not