Achieving an Equitable Society Through Intergenerational Programming and Research

Ernest Gonzales, Allison Merz, Natalie Green

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Intergenerational programs hold tremendous promise to achieve an equitable and peaceful society in an ever-diversifying nation. This article reviews theoretical perspectives and key concepts to systematically dismantle stereotypes, namely psychosocial and critical race theories. We provide examples of intergenerational programs undoing racist and ageist structures across the micro to macro continuum. We conclude with implications for research, practice, education, advocacy, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • ageism
  • bias
  • critical race theory
  • equity
  • intergenerational
  • intergenerational programming
  • intergenerational research
  • intergroup contact
  • parasocial contact
  • policy recommendations
  • racism
  • social media
  • stereotypes
  • volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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