ERIC Number: EJ711900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
Reference Count: 54
The Perceived Health Benefits of Community Service-Learning: Reminiscence Therapy's Impact on Novice Practitioners
Waite, Phillip J.; Tatchell, Thomas
College Student Journal, v39 n1 p104 Mar 2005
The purpose of this study was to determine the health-related impact service-learning interventions had upon university students. College students from The University of Toledo were trained to conduct five, one-hour, sessions of Transmissive Reminiscence Therapy (TRT) with non-institutionalized senior adults within their community. Another group of university students made five, one-hour, informal visits with non-institutionalized senior adults within their community. These groups were compared to a group of university students that did not carry out any form of service-learning. A sample of 89 university students completed the SF-36 health survey instrument at pretest and at posttest; 32 from the TRT group, 27 from the visitation group, and 30 from the control group. The analyses revealed significant positive change on 4 variables among students assigned to the therapy group, on 1 variable among students assigned to the visitation group, and on 2 variables among students assigned to the control group. Significant negative change was detected on 1 variable among students assigned to the visitation group, and on 1 variable among students assigned to the control group. The TRT form of service-learning proved to be the more effective of the two interventions aimed at impacting student health perceptions in a positive way.
Descriptors: Recall (Psychology), Therapy, College Students, Older Adults, Foreign Countries, Service Learning, Aging (Individuals), Well Being, Program Effectiveness, Wellness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada