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Buffering effect of leisure self-determination on the mental health of older adults

Craike, Melinda and Coleman, Denis J. 2005, Buffering effect of leisure self-determination on the mental health of older adults, Leisure/loisir, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 301-328.

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Title Buffering effect of leisure self-determination on the mental health of older adults
Author(s) Craike, Melinda
Coleman, Denis J.
Journal name Leisure/loisir
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 301
End page 328
Publisher Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Place of publication Waterloo, Ont.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1492-7713
Keyword(s) leisure self-determination
depression
older adults
buffering effects
stress
Summary Leisure self-determination was tested for its capacity to buffer the effects of life stress on the level of depression of older adults. A direct association between leisure-self-determination and level depression was also tested. A sample of 152 individuals aged 49 years and over completed a questionnaire which included measures of stress, leisure self-determination, and depression. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis incorporating an interaction component to represent the buffering effect was used to analyse the data. Higher levels of leisure self-determination were significantly associated with lower levels of depression regardless of life stress. Leisure self-determination also acted as a buffer of the association between life stress and depression. The study has significant theoretical and practical implications. Theoretically, it supports the stress buffering hypothesis of Coleman and Iso-Ahola (1993) when applied to a sample of older adults. The practical implications of the empirical evidence focus on the importance of fostering leisure self-determination dispositions through leisure practices, policies, and leadership styles that facilitate and support older adult autonomy in leisure experiences.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018427

Document type: Journal Article
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