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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Abstract

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
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 24 1997

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

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Altruistic activity : Does it make a difference in the senior center? / Williams, Alice L.; Haber, David; Weaver, Gayle D.; Freeman, Jean L.

In: Activities, Adaptation and Aging, Vol. 22, No. 4, 24.09.1997, p. 31-39.

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Williams, Alice L. ; Haber, David ; Weaver, Gayle D. ; Freeman, Jean L. / Altruistic activity : Does it make a difference in the senior center?. In: Activities, Adaptation and Aging. 1997 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 31-39.
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