Examining the long term effects of leisure education on a sense of independence and psychological well-being among the elderly

Mark Searle, Michael J. Mahon, Seppo E. Iso-Ahola, Heather Adam Sdrolias, Joanne Van Dyck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

27 Scopus citations

Abstract

In a recently published study, Searle, Mahon, Iso-Ahola, Adam Sdrolias, and van Dyck (1995) reported that an enhanced sense of independence and improved psychological well-being among the elderly resulted from a leisure education intervention. This study reports on a 16-18 week follow-up with 22 of the original 28 subjects to ascertain whether the original results were sustained and if the skills learned through the intervention generalized to other life domains. The results of the follow-up study indicated that the original effects were sustained with the exception of life satisfaction. Importantly, the original effects which showed no impact on a generalized sense of control were not sustained and the experimental group subjects did experience a greater sense of general control over their lives. These results suggest that leisure education has the potential to significantly impact on older adult's sense of independence and that skills learned through leisure education may generalize over time to other life domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-340
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Boredom
  • Competence
  • Independence
  • Leisure education
  • Locus of control
  • Psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Examining the long term effects of leisure education on a sense of independence and psychological well-being among the elderly'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this