Title

The Study of the Relationships Among Leisure Participation, Leisure Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction for Older Adults in Taipei, Taiwan

Date of Degree

8-2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Dorothy Ettling

Advisor

Roger C. Barnes

Advisor

Dianna J. Tison

Advisor

Joseph W. Eyles

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among leisure participation, leisure satisfaction, and life satisfaction for older adults in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, the study also examined differences within five demographic variables (gender, age, educational level attained, perceived health status, and perceived economic status) with regard to leisure participation, leisure satisfaction, and life satisfaction. A purposive sample of programs for adults 65 years and older was drawn in Taipei, Taiwan. The population sample included 450 older adults and yielded 402 subjects involved in a variety of programs at distinct locations where the majority of senior citizen groups congregated. The response rate of this study was 89%. The study instrument consisted of four sections: the Leisure Participation Involvement (LPI), the Leisure Satisfaction Scale (LSS), the Life Satisfaction Index Z (LSI-Z), and demographic data. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient and the one-way analysis of variance were utilized for data analysis. The results showed: 1. There were significant relationships among leisure participation, leisure satisfaction, and life satisfaction. 2. There were some significant differences within each of the demographic variables (age, educational level attained, and perceived health status) with regard to leisure participation. 3. There were some significant differences within each of the demographic variables (perceived health status and perceived economic status) with regard to leisure satisfaction. 4. There were some significant differences within each of the demographic variables (gender, educational level attained, perceived health status, and perceived economic status) with regard to life satisfaction.

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