The Journal of the Japanese Association of Health Communication
Vol. 9, No.1

Potential of Multi-generational Theatrical Workshops Toward the Creation of Sustainable Multi-generational Communities

Naho Watanabe1), Kentaro Okazaki 2), Rengyou 3), Kenji Watanabe 4), Machiko Inoue 5)6)

This study explores the experiences of participants of multi-generational theatrical workshops, considering the efficacy of such workshops in building ongoing, sustainable multi-generational communities. For this study semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 participants about their experiences in the theatrical workshops, and interviews were analyzed employing the Modified Grounded Theory Approach. The results revealed that through the impromptu theater performances participants experienced ‘level relationships unhindered by differences in age’ and ‘the realization of interactive, bilateral communication’. While a newfound ‘respect for the prolific knowledge and experiences of the elderly’ was observed in the younger participants, senior members felt ‘a respect and affection for those from different generations’ and ‘an appreciation for the participation of the younger generation’. Furthermore, participants experienced ‘a unity towards theater presentation’, ‘close familiarity with members’, and ‘the encouragement from being recognized by other' through their final performance. These results, which gave rise to respect for others, rapport transcending generation, and deepened inter-generational relationships, attest to the value of multi-generational theatrical workshops towards the creation of sustainable, multi-generational communities.

Keywords: theatrical workshops, multi-generational community,intergeneration relation,Me-byo

Characteristics of Needs in Infants’ Parenting and Health Information by Analyzing Question Texts Posted on a Q&A Site

Tomomi Funaki, RN, MPH1),2)); Keiko Ishimura, RD, MPH3); Yingxia Wang, MSW1); Miho Iwakuma, PhD1)

1) Kyoto University School of Public Health, Department of Medical Communication 2) Setsunan University 3) Public Health Graduate School of Medicine Osaka University

Introductions & Objective; In recent years, there is an increasing number of parents that are using Consumer Generated Media (CGM) to acquire childcare and child health information in Japan. However, it is not clear what kind of the information is needed in general. The purpose of this study is to contribute the characteristics of parenting and children’s health information needs. Methods; We have extracted 20,488 questions classified in the “child illness and trouble” category from data posted on “Yahoo! Chiebukuro” over five years. And we performed quantitative text analysis on them. Results; The lower the child’s age, the more questions were posted. Furthermore, frequently used words within the question were “hospital” and “fever” sub-categories. In addition, the term category, “experience” was used relatively often, although it was thought to be irrelevant to actual disease and symptoms. Moreover, by creating a co-occurrence network diagram, the features of the question were visualized. Conclusion; The CGM information can be expected to lead to new proposals and interventions for child rearing support in both cyber and actual social spaces.

Keywords: Internet, Consumer Generated Media (CGM), Q&A site, infants,quantitative text analysis

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