Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
This research involved the development, implementation and evaluation of a 20 week visitation program between 29 senior citizens in a nursing home and 51 adolescents in grades six, seven and eight. It was hypothesized that this type of intergenerational integration would not only benefit the elders involved but also improve the students’ attitudes toward the aged. The results indicated that the elders who were visited showed a significantly higher degree of life satisfaction compared to elders who were not visited. However, there was no effect found on the attitudes of the adolescents toward elders. Results were discussed in terms of utilizing volunteer resources to augment the quality of life of senior citizens with minimal monetary expense.
Shkilnyk, Terry M., "Attitude change in children and satisfaction change in elders as a function of an intergenerational integration program" (1984). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 511.