Serious leisure, health perception, dispositional optimism, and life satisfaction among senior games participants

Jinmoo Heo, Youngkhill Lee

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This study investigated factors that explain the life satisfaction of Senior Games participants. One 193 older adults from the 2005 Michigan State Senior Games and the 2005 New York State Senior Games participated in the study. The results of the study show that one of the indicators of serious leisure (affective attachment) was positively correlated to optimism (.16, p<.05), age (.28, p<.01), and the number of years participated (.28, p<.01). Regression analysis was also used to identify which variables contribute to predicting life satisfaction. It was found that dispositional optimism (β/4.308, p<.001) and perceived health (β/4.185, p<.05) were significant predictors of life satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-126
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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