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Intergenerational Communication – an interdisciplinary mapping review of research between 1996 and 2017

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James LawORCiD, Professor Tony Young, Dr Joana Filipa AlmeidaORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2019.

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Concerns have been raised regarding the limited opportunities for intergenerational communication both outside and within the family. This "mapping review" draws together empirical literature in the topic published since 1996. Three hundred and twenty four published studies met inclusion criteria, based on abstract review. The contents of each study were subjected to thematic analysis and nine broad themes emerged. These were (1) Dynamics of relationships, (2) Health & Wellbeing, (3) Learning & Literacy, (4) Attitudes, (5) Culture, (6) Digital, (7) Space, (8) Professional Development, (9) Gender & Sexual Orientation. Studies commonly intersected disciplinary research areas. There was a marked rise across three key academic journals since 2007. An emergent finding was that a third of the studies relate to programs addressing intergenerational interventions, but many of these were primarily descriptive and failed to specify a primary outcome. Review implications and future research directions are discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Law J, Young TJ, Almeida J, Ginja S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Year: 2019

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 287-310

Online publication date: 31/07/2019

Acceptance date: 01/10/2018

Date deposited: 03/10/2018

ISSN (print): 1535-0770

ISSN (electronic): 1535-0932

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/15350770.2018.1535349


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