Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effect of Sociodemographic Variables on the Leisure Satisfaction and Leisure Participation of Older Adults. (Leisure and Recreation)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effect of Sociodemographic Variables on the Leisure Satisfaction and Leisure Participation of Older Adults. (Leisure and Recreation)

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The purpose of this study is to examine the difference between the selected sociodemographic variables of gender, marital status, and self-perceived health in relation to the variables of leisure satisfaction and leisure participation for older adults. Data were collected from 303 older adults, ages 55 and older, residing in Huntington, West Virginia. The Leisure Satisfaction Scale and the Modified Leisure Activity Blank were the instruments used to measure the variables. The data were analyzed by using descriptive analyses and factorial analyses. Fifty-two percent of the participants were between the ages of 55-74 years, and 71% were women. Results showed no gender and marital status differences in leisure satisfaction, but self-perceived health was statically significant, F = 7.173, p< .05. Results also showed no gender differences in leisure participation, but marital status, F = 4.979, p < .05, and self-perceived health were statically significant, F = 7.271, p < .05. Older adults reported to have "better than average" health status scored higher in leisure satisfaction (M= 94. …

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