Leisure patterns and health among recently widowed adults

Megan Janke, Galit Nimrod, Douglas Kleiber

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how leisure involvement changes with the transition to widowhood and to determine if change in leisure involvement during this time has an impact on widows' physical and mental health. Adults age 50 and older who had transitioned into widowhood between Waves 1 and 2 or Waves 2 and 3 of the Americans' Changing Lives (ACL) dataset (N = 154) were included in the study. Results indicated that during this time widows experienced changes in their leisure repertoire (the types of leisure activities in which they participate), and the frequency of their leisure involvement. These changes in leisure behavior were associated with functional impairment, depressive symptoms, and life satisfaction, as well as their ability to cope with the loss of their spouse. Findings were interpreted in terms of effective strategies that appear to be employed by widows in utilizing leisure activities following loss of a spouse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-39
Number of pages21
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Activity
  • Aging
  • Bereavement
  • Coping
  • Health

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