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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Geriatrics and Gerontology