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Intergenerational contact during and beyond COVID‐19

Drury, Lisbeth, Abrams, Dominic, Swift, Hannah J. (2022) Intergenerational contact during and beyond COVID‐19. Journal of Social Issues, 78 (4). pp. 860-882. ISSN 1540-4560. (doi:10.1111/josi.12551) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:98367)

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Intergenerational contact is crucial for promoting intergenerational harmony and reducing ageism. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and changed the nature and frequency of intergenerational contact. In addition, research suggests that both ageism towards older adults and intergenerational threat regarding succession and consumption, have increased. Through the lens of the Temporally Integrated Model of Intergroup Contact and Threat (TIMICAT; Abrams & Eller, 2016), we explore the implications of these changing dynamics on ageism towards older adults during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Our review reveals that research into intergenerational contact needs to articulate both the time course and salience of contact and threats before making predictions about their impacts on prejudice. The implications of understanding how contact and threat combine to affect ageism for policy and practice are discussed in relation to employment, education, and intergenerational contact programs. We highlight that policy makers play a key role in promoting intergenerational harmony through the reduction of narratives that inflame intergenerational tensions and threat.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/josi.12551
Uncontrolled keywords: General Social Sciences; Covid-19
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Funders: University of Kent (
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 14:29 UTC
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