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The Impact of Intergenerational Programs: Evidence for Expansion

2014, Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, Gerontology.
As the older population of the United States rises to unprecedented numbers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers are searching for innovative approaches that promote age-integrated communities. Non-familial intergenerational (IG) programs, which establish intentional connections between people who are under 22 years of age and people who are 60 years and older, can be effective and efficient in enhancing communities. The contributions of IG programs to society and to individual development are well supported in practice, theory, and research. Unfortunately, three barriers hinder the expansion of IG programs: evidence spans many disciplines; no systematic categorization and quantification of program outcomes; and limited dissemination of program outcomes. This meta-analysis evaluated IG scholarly literature from several disciplines to categorize and quantify IG program outcomes. Outcome data were organized into a conceptual framework, stratified by central dimensions of human development and age groups. A majority of articles found positive outcomes only among all target participant age groups and dimensions of human development. This evidence further supports the magnitude and potential impact of IG programs on society, community, and the individual.
Suzanne Kunkel, PhD (Committee Chair)
Jane Straker, PhD (Committee Member)
Matthew Kaplan, PhD (Committee Member)
41 p.

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