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An evaluation of the effectiveness of a foster grandparent project
Author(s)Robert M Gray, Josephine M Kasteler
Journal titleSociology and Social Research, vol 54, part 2, 1970
Pagespp 181-189
KeywordsFoster grandparents ; Projects ; Evaluation ; United States of America.
AnnotationThis paper presents the results of an evaluation of a US project which employed older people to act as foster grandparents to mentally handicapped children. As well as the benefits accruing to the children from such individual care and training, the foster grandparents were found to have demonstrated increased life satisfaction and personal and social adjustment, when compared with a similar group of older people who were not employed on the project. This paper focuses on findings relating to the effects of the programme on older participants, and supports the notion that meaningful, purposeful activity in addition to some financial remuneration are basic ingredients of good personal and social adjustment and increased life satisfaction in old age. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930604109 A
ClassmarkGHP: 3E: 4C: 7T *

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