2021 Virtual
Intergenerational Conference

June 15-17, 2021

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RECORDING | Speed Session A-3
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2:15 - 2:30 | Implementation of Evidence-based Practices in Intergenerational Programming: A Scoping Review

Evidence-based intergenerational practices are sought by practitioners interested in the potential value of intergenerational programs. These are often difficult to identify as intergenerational program research frequently consists of small samples and pre-post analyses of attitudinal data with little attention to implementation characteristics. We systematically identified evidence-based intergenerational practices linked to program outcomes from peer-reviewed journal articles (n = 21) published between 2000 and 2019. Scoping reviews facilitate synthesis of available evidence-based practices and identification of gaps in the literature. Fifteen evidence-based intergenerational practices were identified; each was coded in at least five articles. The practices informed program content (e.g., using technology), program considerations (e.g., environmental modifications), facilitator and participant preparation (e.g., training), and quality interactions among participants (e.g., incorporating mechanisms of friendship). While these identified practices reflect extant theory and research, rigorous implementation research is needed to advance evidence-based intergenerational practice as policymakers and practitioners advocate for intergenerational program growth.

Speakers: Rachel Scrivano, The Ohio State University | Nancy Mendoza, The Ohio State University | Shannon Jarrott, The Ohio State University



2:30 - 2:45 | A Meta-Analytic Review of the Psychosocial Effects of Intergenerational Programs for Youth and Older Adults

This is the first meta-analysis to examine the effect of intergenerational programs (IGP) on the psychosocial effects of youth and older adults. Result suggested that IGP have a small, but significant association with reduced ageism among youth (d = 0.34). For older adults IGP were associated with a small, significant reduction in depression (d = -0.30) and increased generativity (d = 0.25), quality of life (d = 0.48) and physical health (d = 0.10). Age of participants, duration of the program, and culture were included as moderators of the effect sizes, but due to few studies in each outcome the results were not significantly heterogeneous to explain variability with moderators. Results have implications for the development of IGP and the future of IGP assessment research.

Speakers: Jenni Petersen, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater



2:45 - 3:00 | Ethics of Generations: Intergenerational Studying with the Oldest Old

Ethics of Generations take advantage of the wisdom of old age with the method of a real dialogue. Young students and very old people over 80 years meet in seminars with research-oriented teaching on current ethical issues. Based on relevant ethical topics, which include the world in the broadest sense, the responsibility for the world and human beings in the narrow sense, conversations are held that are based on prepared Socratic questions. Differences, similarities, universals, insights and wisdom can be extracted from the dialogues in order to achieve an improved synergetic relationship between the generations and to strive for a better world together. Such a dialogue is something new for our culture and can contribute to world peace. We believe that it is an activity that might well prove vital to the future health of our civilization. The findings should be used politically and socially.

Speakers: Sonja Ehret, University of Heidelberg

Rachel Scrivano

The Ohio State University

Rachel M. Scrivano, MS is a second year PhD student in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University specializing in gerontology. Her current research interests include improving attitudes toward older adults and aging through intergenerational relationships and gerontological education.

Nancy Mendoza

The Ohio State University

Nancy Mendoza, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on grandparents raising grandchildren, with an emphasis on social networks, social support, self-care, and resilience.

Shannon Jarrott

The Ohio State University

Shannon E. Jarrott, Ph.D. is a professor of social work at The Ohio State University. She specializes in community-based services, with an emphasis on shared sites, and evaluation of intergenerational program impacts. Current research focuses on intergenerational community building strategies, for which she has received federal funding.

Jenni Petersen

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Jenni Petersen is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin

Sonja Ehret

University of Heidelberg

Gerontologist. Academic teacher for intergenerational studying. Research interest: Oldest age, development of the oldest old. Philosophical and ethical aspects of age.