Using Intergenerational Service Learning to Promote Positive Perceptions about Older Adults and Community Service in College Students
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This research contributes to the evaluation of the Meaningful Connections program, an intergenerational service-learning program that brings college students and older adults together for small group discussions. Changes in student attitudes toward older adults and community service were examined using pre- and posttest data from the Aging Semantic Differential Scale and Community Service Attitudes Scale. Results indicated that attitudes toward older adults showed a significant positive change at posttest. No significant changes were witnessed for attitudes toward community service. These findings suggest that the Meaningful Connections program has a positive impact on student attitudes toward older adults.
Penick, J. M., Fallshore, M., & Spencer, A. M. (2014). Using Intergenerational Service Learning to Promote Positive Perceptions about Older Adults and Community Service in College Students. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 12(1), 25–39. https://doi.org/10.1080/15350770.2014.870456
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships