ERIC Number: ED296215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
"Younger Friends/Older Friends:" An Intergenerational Culture.
Kuehne, Valerie Shahariw
This study examined the behaviors of intergenerational group members of an intergenerational program involving seven adult day care clients and seven preschool day care children. Coordinators of the program include a recreational therapist from the adult center and the children's teacher. The 14 "friends" met once a week for an hour. In this study, nine of the group sessions were observed. Findings revealed that the interactions between adults and children were overwhelmingly positive. Interview data supported observations regarding the positive ways in which seven of the group members viewed the group. Printed materials from the organization suggested that "caring" and "life enrichment" were among its priorities. Program coordinators built on the group members' feelings of solidarity by encouraging them, through applause and cheering, and by directing each meeting to minimize conflict and confusion. Two enthusiastic adult group members assisted the coordinators. To the extent that interactions between older adults and young children in society resemble those found in this study, the results may be even more generalizable. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (34th, San Diego, CA, March 18-22, 1988).