The purpose of this study was to investigate why older adults do or do not participate in intergenerational programs (IGP) at an adult daycare/adult day healthcare program. Qualitative methods were used to investigate characteristics of participants and non-participants that influenced involvement with intergenerational programs, the beliefs about the effectiveness of intergenerational programs, and the features of the program itself that influenced participants' and non-participants' involvement. After conducting face to face interviews with 12 attendees (7 participants of IGP and 5 non-participants), content analysis was used to condense data in order to draw conclusions. The interviews revealed that a love of children was an important factor in choosing to participate in IGP. Most participants and non-participants agreed that IGP were mutually beneficial to both old and young participants, and based their level of involvement on a variety of personal reasons and health issues.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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