Date of Award
Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
Human Development and Family Studies
Intergenerational programs are on the rise. While studies have shown benefits to participation in these programs, most of the research has been focused on students and less on older adult outcomes (see Andreoletti & Howard, 2016 for a review). Currently, the University of Rhode Island (URI) is host to the Engaging Generations: Cyber-Seniors Program, which connects older adults with undergraduate technology mentors. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of intergenerational programming participation for older adults related to social isolation, loneliness, social engagement, and digital competency, as measured by the pre/post surveys given to participants. SPSS software was used to conduct descriptive analysis, paired-sample t Tests, independent sample t Tests, and one-way ANOVAs. Thematic analysis was used for the open-ended participant response. Results showed significant improvements on items of the digital competence scale, particularly in relation to social media and for those who started with lower levels of digital competence. Qualitative analysis showed that the older adults valued the technological knowledge gained, and the pleasant interactions and pedagogy. Program implications and suggestions are discussed.
Serrano, Itza, "EVALUATING THE SOCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF AN INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM FOR OLDER ADULTS" (2018). Open Access Master's Theses. Paper 1407.