Altruistic activity: Does it make a difference in the senior center?

Alice L. Williams, David Haber, Gayle D. Weaver, Jean L. Freeman

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    This study examined the effect of altruistic activity on the self-esteem and life satisfaction of participants (n = 12) at a senior center. The study was a repeated measure, crossover design, with the experimental group serving as its own control. Additional qualitative data were obtained through open-ended interview questions. Statistically significant results were found for life satisfaction change as a consequence of altruistic activity, but not from participation in recreational activity. Qualitative data suggested the altruistic activity impacted more on participant well-being than the recreational activity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)31-39
    Number of pages9
    JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Sep 24 1997

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
    • Gerontology
    • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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