The effects of leisure-time physical activity for optimism, life satisfaction, psychological well-being, and positive affect among older adults with loneliness

Junhyoung Kim, Sunwoo Lee, Sanghee Chun, Areum Han, Jinmoo Heo

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) involvement among older adults suffering from loneliness. Using data released from the Health and Retirement Study in 2008, this study investigated how participation in LTPA leads to well-being such as optimism, life satisfaction, psychological well-being, and positive affect among older adults with loneliness. Results indicated that the LTPA involvement was a significant predictor of optimism, life satisfaction, positive affect, and psychological well-being for older adults with a high level of loneliness. The interesting findings of this study were that LTPA enhanced positive emotions for older adults with loneliness and that positive emotions are one of the important factors in protecting individuals from illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-415
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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