Promoting community engagement in an intergenerational program: an exploratory study

Crespo, Jorge Ruiz and du Preez, Jan (2014) Promoting community engagement in an intergenerational program: an exploratory study. Australian Community Psychologist, 26 (1). pp. 67-76.


The purpose of this qualitative study, conducted with seven elderly people attending a Respite Centre, was to explore the experience of older people who attend a respite centre
that is visited by adolescent students from a local secondary school as part of an intergenerational program that has a community engagement focus. Data were collected in semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis yielded three interrelated themes: 'Experience of Self and Life' contributes to understanding how the participants perceived
themselves and the world around them; 'Experience of the Respite Centre' contributes to explaining how the visits to the Centre fit into participants' lives; 'Experience of the
intergenerational interaction' describes a positive albeit incomplete encounter with the young people. The overall impression gained was one of a positive and remarkable group
of elderly people who defied many ageing stereotypes. It is submitted that the article makes a contribution to theory and practice in community psychology, and specifically addresses the focus areas of the special issue by exploring community engagement and citizenship enhancement in a setting which brings together two cohorts of participants, respectively at the beginning and end of the world of work. Suggestions are made for improving the community engagement aspect of the intergenerational program.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. College of Community Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. Permanent restricted access to published version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 05:21
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: community engagement; intergenerational; respite care; aged; youth
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People

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