The following are books that can help introduce students to the concept of intergenerational relationships:
The following are research papers on the benefits of intergenerational friendships:
Bostrom, A.-K. (2003). Intergenerational learning in Stockholm County in Sweden: A practical example of elderly men working in compulsory schools as a benefit for children. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 1(4), 7-24.
Bressler, J. (2001). The impact of intergenerational programs on long-term care residents. at Gerontological Society of America.
David, D. (2004). Effective intergenerational caregiving collaboratives: Linking students and elders through service-learning. International Consortium for Intergenerational Programmes Second Biennial Conference.
Herrmann, D. S., Sipsas-Herrmann, A., Stafford, M., & Herrmann, N. (2005). Benefits and risks of intergenerational program participation by senior citizens. Educational Gerontology, 31(2), 123-138.
Hoff, A. (2007). Intergenerational learning as an adaptation strategy in ageing knowledge societies. Education, Employment, Europe, 126-129.
Lynott, P. P. & Merola, P. R. (2007). Improving the attitudes of 4th graders toward older people through a multidimensional intergenerational program. Educational Gerontology, 33(1), 63-74.
MacDonald, M. (2005). Intergenerational interactions occurring within a shared reading program. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 3(4), 45-61.
Machir, J., & Skinner, C. J. (2004). Pencil Pals: Bridging the Community and Generations. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 2(2), 101-103.
Marcia, S. M., Alicia, R. P., Parpura-Gill, A., & Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2004). Direct observations of children at risk for academic failure: Benefits of an intergenerational visiting program. Educational Gerontology, 30(8), 663-675.
Meshel, D., & McGlynn, R. P. (2004). Intergenerational contact, attitudes, and stereotypes of adolescents and older people. Educational Gerontology, 30(6), 457-479.
Morrice, C., & Simmons, M. (1991). Beyond reading buddies: A whole language cross-age program. The Reading Teacher, 44(8), 572-577.
Newman, S., & Hatton-Yeo, A. (2008). Intergenerational learning and the contributions of older people. Ageing horizons, 8(10), 31-39.
Schwalbach, E., & Kiernan, S. (2002). Effects of an intergenerational friendly visit program on the attitudes of fourth graders toward elders. Educational Gerontology, 28, 175-187.
Slaght, E., & Stampley, C. (2006). Promoting intergenerational practice. Journal of intergenerational Relationships, 4(3), 73-86.
Smith, B. J., & Yeager, A. (1999). Intergenerational communities: Where learning and interaction go hand-in-hand. Child & Youth Services, 20(1-2), 25-32.
Weinstein, L. (2005). Student Awareness Day programs: An intergenerational program to reduce prejudice. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 3(2), 133-136.