Intergenerational Programs: Support for Children, Youth, and Elders in Japan

Sampul Depan
SUNY Press, 1 Jan 1998 - 267 halaman
The "intergenerational programming concept," now garnering increased interest in America, has been applied to Japanese society as a strategy for maintaining intergenerational and cultural continuity in the face of social and demographic changes. While Japan is known for its enduring and resilient family structure which provides support for people of all ages, the country's growing aged population, combined with a trend away from three-generation families and changing social values, exposes a need for new mechanisms beyond the family to promote intergenerational communication, support, and cultural continuity.

The authors identify a rich geographically diverse set of intergenerational programs and activities that serve a wide range of human and community development objectives. Beyond promoting intergenerational understanding among participants, these initiatives function to help people to pursue their educational objectives, arts and recreation interests, desired states of health and welfare, environmental preservation and community development goals, and religious and spiritual well-being. Intergenerational endeavors constitute an integral approach for supplementing familial support systems and maintaining social cohesion in Japan as it enters the twenty-first century.

 

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Introduction
1
The Changing Nature of Childhood Youth and Old Age in Japan
27
The Conceptual and Organizational Roots of Japans Intergenerational Initiatives
51
Schoolbased Initiatives
75
Communitybased Programs Events and Activities
101
Other Frameworks for Promoting Intergenerational Discourse
127
Conclusions
143
Discussion
169
List of Preliminary Interview Respondents
207
Interview for Intergenerational Program Staff
211
Interview for Young Participants 21 years of age or younger of Intergenerational Program
213
Interview for Senior Adult Participants 60 years of age or older of Intergenerational Program
217
Table 2 Names of Intergenerational Initiatives Described in Research Report
221
Notes
225
References
243
About the Authors
263

Recommendations
191
Closing Comments
203

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Matthew Kaplan is Associate Professor of Psychology at Hawaii Pacific University and author of Side by Side: Exploring Your Neighborhood Through Intergenerational Activities.

Atsuko Kusano is Associate Professor at Shinshu University.

At Tohoku University School of Medicine, Ichiro Tsuji is Associate Professor of Public Health.

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