Multigenerational approaches to civic engagement: Findings from a panel study

Karen Harlow-Rosentraub, Laura B. Wilson, David Swindell

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This paper presents a panel study on the outcomes of a national, volunteer-driven demonstration project. The Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living program expanded to include multigenerational approaches as one aspect of attracting and involving baby Bbomers into voluntary activities supporting critical community needs. Legacy Corps includes a panel study tracking more than 1,500 participants. Outcome measures compare multigenerational teams versus single volunteers over the age of 50 and assess changes in community attachment and ongoing civic engagement. Analysis indicates improved attachment and increased community contribution post project. Implications focus on how evidence-based demonstrations with long-term follow-up can inform legislation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-160
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Active aging
  • Aging policy initiatives
  • Civic engagement
  • Multigenerational volunteer teams
  • Social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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