Aging and Leisure: A Research Perspective into the Meaningful Use of Time

Aging and Leisure: A Research Perspective into the Meaningful Use of Time

Aging and Leisure: A Research Perspective into the Meaningful Use of Time

Aging and Leisure: A Research Perspective into the Meaningful Use of Time

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The contributions of many persons have gone into the planning and writing of this book. To evaluate it properly it is helpful to know something of its origin and development as a co-operative, interdisciplinary effort in the social sciences, and to understand its relationship to certain earlier projects in the field of gerontology.

Specifically, this volume is the outcome of a project of the research committee of the Section on Psychology and the Social Sciences of the Gerontological Society. Thus it originated in the same committee whose earlier efforts had resulted in the production of the three handbooks on aging published by the University of Chicago Press: Handbook of Aging and the Individual: Psychological and Biological Aspects, edited byJames E. Birren; A Handbook of Social Gerontology, edited byClark Tibbitts, and Aging in Western Societies, edited by Ernest W. Burgess. The present book, however, differs from the handbooks in that it is less of an attempt to systematize the literature of a broad area than to concentrate on a series of related problems, with the explicit aim of encouraging study and research on the issues thus revealed.

An earlier but direct antecedent of this work is the research planning conference held at Bethesda, Maryland, in 1955, the proceedings of which were subsequently edited by John E. Anderson and published by the American Psychological Association under the title, Psychological Aspects of Aging. Both of these co-operative ventures provided experience for the present project and demonstrated its feasibility.

Thus it was that early in 1958 the Gerontological Society committee, then under the chairmanship of Professor John E. Anderson, decided that its major immediate objective should be the stimulation of scientific interest in the study of meaningful activity and the use of time among older persons. It was felt that despite widespread . . .

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