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Title: Improving the Attitudes of 4th Graders Toward Older People Through a Multidimensional Intergenerational Program

Author (s):  Patricia Lynott, Pamela Merola

Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an intergenerational program on children's attitudes toward older people. Four 4th grade classes, one each during the years 2002 through 2005, participated in the study. The elders and school children engaged in meaningful activities over a 5 month period, including the performance of a play and the creation of a book of biographies and stories. The findings indicate that after the program, 9 of 17 items showed statistically significant improvements in children's attitudes toward older people. The results demonstrate that a multidimensional project can improve children's views of growing old.

Category: Programming

Keywords: intergenerational programming, attitudinal change, perceptions of aging, children’s attitudes toward elders, oral history, intergenerational attitudes, performing arts

Reference: Lynott, P. and Merola, P. (2007). Improving the Attitudes of 4th Graders Toward Older People Through a Multidimensional Intergenerational Program. Educational Gerontology, 33 (1), 63-74.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Text:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03601270600864041

 


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