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Title: Australian Perspectives: Community Building Through Intergenerational Exchange Programs

Author (s):  Judith MacCallum, David Palmer, Peter Wright, Wendy Cumming-Potvin, Miriam Brooker, Cameron Tero

Abstract:  This paper explores the concept of intergenerational exchange as a vehicle for community building in Australia. Drawing on document analysis, focus groups, and in-depth study of four intergenerational programs, the research examines the benefits and constraints of intergenerational exchange and the relationship between intergenerational programs and their potential to foster resilience, enhance social connection, and build individual and community capacity. Findings reveal that in intended and unanticipated ways, young and older Australians benefit from intergenerational exchange. The multidimensional nature of intergenerational exchange promotes broad social networks and a means for developing substantive relationships between the young and other community members.

Category: Programming

Keywords: intergenerational, Australia, resilience, community, civic engagement, social capital

Reference: Maccallum, J., Palmer, D., Wright, P., Cumming-Potvin,W., Brooker, M. and Tero, C. (2010). Australian Perspectives: Community Building Through Intergenerational Exchange Programs. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 8(2): 113–27.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15350771003741899#preview

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