Conceptually-Driven Intergenerational Programming in Singapore: A Case Study


There is scarce information on how and why intergenerational programming (IG) contributes to psychosocial change, and a dearth of conceptually-driven IG in Singapore. Given this, our exploratory study fills a practice research gap by identifying a conceptual basis, theory of change, and translation enablers for psychosocial change in the young. Focus group discussions were carried out with facilitators and young participants post-program. In turn, findings suggest hybrid conceptual bases in social identity theory and activity theory. While results were insufficient for us to construct a theory of change, they surfaced nuanced, translation enablers in terms of ‘change of scenery’ and bridging, including the potential for young participants to offer active listening and peer support to seniors. Reflections point to further theoretical exploration in identity theory, and practical action in facilitating recursive social participation. We were limited by a small sample size and the absence of outcome indicators.

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Desmond Wong, University of Hull, United Kingdom
Sue Chang-Koh, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Genesis Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Damien Chan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
May Wang, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

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Conference: ACSS2019
Stream: Psychology & Social Psychology

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