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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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LUCAS-MOLINA, BEATRIZ; PEREZ-ALBENIZ, ALICIA; FONSECA-PEDRERO, EDUARDO  and  ORTUNO-SIERRA, JAVIER. University Education Programs for Older Adults: Evaluation of Their Impact on Individual Perceptions of Social Support and Mental Health. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.47-60. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v24n1.43437.

Some studies indicate that university programs for older adults can have a positive impact on the participants' perceptions of social support and health. However, those studies fail to evaluate these variables with standardized measurement instruments and control groups, both within and outside the program. This study used an experimental group and two control groups that were evaluated at two different moments, using standardized instruments. The results did not confirm the expected beneficial effects of the programs. Thus, it is necessary to continue in-depth research along these lines and explore the effect of socio-affective variables in longitudinal studies.

Keywords : educational programs; active aging; social support; older adults; health.

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