Intergenerational programs : support for children, youth, and elders in Japan (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Intergenerational programs : support for children, youth, and elders in Japan

Author: Matt Kaplan
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.
Series: SUNY series in Japan in transition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
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
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Kaplan
ISBN: 0791436675 9780791436677 0791436683 9780791436684 0585056234 9780585056234
OCLC Number: 36647947
Description: xi, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The changing nature of childhood, youth, and old age in Japan --
The conceptual and organizational roots of Japan's intergenerational initiatives --
School-based initiatives --
Community-based programs, events, and activities --
Other frameworks for promoting intergenerational discourse.
Series Title: SUNY series in Japan in transition.
Responsibility: Matthew Kaplan [and others].

Abstract:

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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