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dc.contributor.authorGladwell, Melissa Suzanneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:23Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:23Z
dc.date.issued2003-04-28en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05192003-190450en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42727
dc.description.abstractThe empirical knowledgebase of intergenerational programming (IGP) largely relies on anecdotal reports by staff and family members. The lack of concrete knowledge is particularly evident in the literature regarding IGP involving elders with dementia. In an effort to fill some of the voids in the current literature base, observations were conducted for seven weeks at a co-located child and adult day program to determine the effects of IGP on 10 older adult participants (M age =81 yrs., S.D. = 5.21). All participants (5 male and 5 female) were diagnosed with dementia by a physician and attended the adult day program regularly. Intergroup contact theory, which emphasizes interdependence between groups, informed the development and facilitation of the IGP activities. A structured scale was utilized to assess the eldersâ social behavior and affect during IGP. Control observations were conducted during adult-only activities representative of traditional dementia-care programming, and qualitative data were collected through participant interviews and facilitator journaling to corroborate the quantitative findings. T-test analyses revealed that the older adults exhibited significantly greater levels of group social behavior and significantly fewer instances of unoccupied behavior during IGP as compared to traditional adult-only activities. The adults also expressed significantly more positive affect during IGP than in the control activities. Findings from the qualitative inquiries supported the quantitative results by emphasizing the meaning and purpose of IGP for the elders. Results indicated that effectively planned and facilitated IGP is an appropriate and interesting activity for elders with dementia.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectintergroup contact theoryen_US
dc.subjectdementiaen_US
dc.subjectintergenerational programmingen_US
dc.titleIntergenerational Programming Involving Adults with Dementia: An Observational Assessment of Social Behaviors and Affecten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairJarrott, Shannon E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoberto, Karen A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStremmel, Andrew J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05192003-190450/en_US
dc.date.sdate2003-05-19en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-07-22
dc.date.adate2005-07-22en_US


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