Professor Olga Nedospasova
September 2015 – To Present Leading Researcher, International Scientific Educational Laboratory for the Improvement of Wellbeing Technologies of Older Adults, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia.
September 2014 – To Present Professor, School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia.
November 2014 Defended doctoral thesis in «MEPhI» Dissertation Council, Moscow, Russia.
February 1998 – June 2014 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, head of the Economics Department, Professor, Seversk Technological Institute – branch of National Research Nuclear University «MEPhl», Seversk, Tomsk region, Russia.
December 1994 PH.D in Economics, Engineering and Economic Institute (since1992 – Academy of Engineering and Economics), Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia.
September 1991 – December 1994 Post – graduate studies at Engineering and Economic Institute (since1992 – Academy of Engineering and Economics), Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia.
August 1990 – May 1991 Research assistant, Chair “Economics of Industry”, Tomsk Civil Engineering Institute, Tomsk, Russia.
September 1985 – June 1990 Student of Tomsk Civil Engineering Institute, Technological Department, graduated with honors.
Intergenerational Relationships: Additional Opportunities for Strengthening Through Social Networks
Professor Galina Barysheva
Mart 2014 – To Present head of International Scientific Educational Laboratory for the Improvement of Wellbeing Technologies of Older Adults, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia.
2011 – Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation.
2003 – Defended doctoral thesis, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
1990 – PH.D in Economics, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
1983 – to present Assistant Lecture, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, head of the Economics Department, vice-rector for financial and economic activity, Professor, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia.
June 1983 Graduated from the Economics Faculty of the Tomsk State University with the qualification of economist – teacher of political economy Student of Tomsk Civil Engineering Institute, Technological Department, graduated with honors, Tomsk, Russia.
Social networks provide grandparents with opportunities to learn more about grandchildren. Nevertheless, elderly people share information less often. At present, there are significant barriers to intergenerational interaction related to geographical remoteness; poor use of colloquial resources; asymmetry in relative investment.
The purpose: applying social networks to strengthen interpersonal relationships between generations.
- Can grandparents communicate with grandchildren in social networks to improve the quality of personal relationships?
- Does activity in social networks contribute to the growth of conversational resources between generations?
- Are relational investments growing?
- representatives among older generation have a high mistrust level to modern information technologies;
- fears of fraud with personal data on the Internet;
The experiment continues for 2 months. Grandchildren assess the quality of interpersonal relationships at the beginning and at the end.
Results: Using social networks make it possible to exchange the events of the past from grandparents with their grandchildren during the experiment. Because photos and stories posted on the VK social network tended to be interesting for young people, they reflected on the photos had seen (both in the network and interpersonal communication grandparents and grandchildren gained with additional topics for communication based on memories). Young people had a great attention and feedback by photos of childhood, school, wedding, birth of children, the image of parents and other relatives of grandparents. The keen interest attracted old photos of famous buildings, views of cities and villages, places of nature, which were unknown to grandchildren.
Grandchildren interested in particular pages (dramatic stories) of the family history, the cities, the countries. Attention was paid to the wedding fashion of previous years, winter clothing for children, car models, urban transport, furniture, festive treats, which captured on the photos. The level and quality of intergenerational relations have markedly improved during the experiment. As a result of the interest shown by the grandchildren to their origin story, older people often have experienced joy, love, intimacy and positive emotions from the communication with grandchildren, have felt the breeding involvement of grandchildren in their lives, they were able to learn more about their grandchildren. Grandchildren have been benefited from strengthening intergenerational relationships emotionally and cognitively.
At the end of the experiment, they noted that grandparents are not only sources of social and material support, but also are providers of family history, self-identification and development.