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Title: Elder lifelong learning, intergenerational solidarity and positive youth development : the case of Hong Kong
Authors: So, KM
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, June 2011, v. 23, no. 2, p. 85-92
Abstract: Elder lifelong learning has been promoted worldwide under different modes for upgrading quality of life of elders and actualizing successful aging. With multiple objectives, some modes of the elder lifelong learning program attempt to simultaneously address the social issues of age-segregation and negative perceptions of older people by adopting an intergenerational approach. Such an approach links the two non-biological generations - the young and the old - together purposefully for nurturing intergenerational solidarity and integration. Although program evaluation studies demonstrate the positive impacts and effects of an intergenerational approach on older people, its impact on young people is not well-researched. This paper explores intergenerational solidarity generated from the intergenerational-mode elder lifelong learning program in Hong Kong and argues how it contributes to positive youth development.
Keywords: Elder lifelong learning
Intergenerational program
Intergenerational solidarity
Positive youth development
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/IJAMH.2011.016
Rights: ©2011 by Walter de Gruyter. The journal web site is located at
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