Flow experience in the daily lives of older adults: An analysis of the interaction between flow, individual differences, serious leisure, location, and social context

Jinmoo Heo, Youngkhill Lee, Paul M. Pedersen, Bryan P. McCormick

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Abstract

This study examined how serious leisure, individual differences, social context, and location contribute to older adults' experiences of flow - an intense psychological state - in their daily lives. The Experience Sampling Method was used with 19 older adults in a Midwestern city in the United States. Experience of flow was the outcome measure, and the data were analyzed using hierarchical linear modeling. Results indicated that location and employment status influenced the subjects' flow experience. Furthermore, the findings revealed that retirement was negatively related to experiencing flow, and there was a significant association between home and the flow experience. The results of this study enhance the understanding of flow experiences in the everyday lives of older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-423
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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