Reduction in leisure activity and well-being during the transition to widowhood

Megan C. Janke, Galit Nimrod, Douglas A. Kleiber

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There is relatively little evidence available about how leisure involvement changes with the death of a spouse and even less about how leisure activity is associated with the health and well-being of widows during this transition. Using data from the Americans Changing Lives (ACL) dataset, this study of 154 widows investigated change in leisure involvement during the transition to widowhood and examined the relationship between leisure activity reduction and widows’ well-being. Results indicated a majority of widows reduced their involvement in leisure activity. Path models revealed that depressive symptoms and recovery from spousal loss were predictors of activity reduction, providing more support for the causal relationship of well-being influencing activity involvement than for activity influencing well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-98
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Bereavement
  • Coping
  • Health
  • Negative life events
  • Older adults
  • Recreation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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