The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Posted: June 17, 2011

Overview of the journal - each issue presents cutting-edge writing on intergenerational topics.


The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is a one of a kind resource that reflects the global impact of intergenerational strategies, programs and policies. This international journal focuses exclusively on the intergenerational field from a practical, theoretical and social policy perspective. The journal encompasses a variety of disciplines: social work, community development, health, psychology, anthropology, sociology, gerontology, child development, family studies, education, political science, social policy, communications, and more! This peer-reviewed journal is the forum where gerontologists, educators, medical professionals, psychologists, social workers and urban studies researchers can stay abreast of the latest practice methods and public policy initiatives.

Each issue presents cuttingedge writing on intergenerational topics, divided into sections:

  • “Scholarship” — peer-reviewed academic papers dealing with innovative research, intergenerational programming strategies, research and evaluation, policy issues, and suggestions for advancing the intergenerational field,
  • “From the Field” — papers from practitioners, including program profiles, reflections from the field, new programs in the field, a topical forum, and book and media reviews, and
  • “Forum Response” — discussions of diverse, global issues of intergenerational interest.

To learn more about the journal, including how to submit papers for publication consideration and how to order a subscription. To view a FREE online sample copy, visit the publisher’s website. To request a FREE print sample copy, e-mail or call 1-800-354-1420, press 4.

Call for Papers

The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is calling for papers for its section “Program, Reflections and New Ideas.” You may submit a paper in one of three formats: 1) Program Profiles, 2) Reflections from the Field, and 3) New Programs in the Field. Submissions should be 900 to 1400 words. Send them to Dr. Leng Leng Thang ( and Jacobus Hoffman ( JIR accepts papers for this section on a rolling basis.


“Aging Well in an Intentional Intergenerational Community: Meaningful Relationships and Purposeful Engagement,” by Martha Bauman Power, Brenda Krause Eheart, David Racine and Niranjan S. Karnik (published in Volume 5, Issue 2, 2007, pages 7-25).

The graying of the world's population is producing dramatic age trends that are creating both challenges and opportunities. Major transitions in later life too often lead to social isolation, depression, and illness. The older adults at Hope Meadows, an intentional intergenerational community in the United States, seem to be defying a degenerative model of aging. They have found ways to overcome pain, discomfort, and disability. Using an interpretive ethnographic framework, we examined the connections between meaningful intergenerational relationships, purposeful engagement in an intentional community, and aging well. read the full paper