ERIC Number: ED072357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Factors Associated with Clothing Habits and Attitudes among Older Persons. The Findings from Extension Studies.
McFatter, Bobbie L.
To determine some of the factors associated with clothing habits and attitudes and their relationship to social participation among persons 65 years of age and older, personal interviews were conducted with 100 white people, 65 and older. The possible association between the extent of participation and other variables such as attitudes, habits, age, sex, health, education, and income was also studied. An analysis of the data collected showed the following: (1) there was more social participation in the 65-70 years of age group (72%) than in the group 71 and older (28%); social activities participated in most were church services, visiting out of town, and visiting neighbors; there was no significant sex difference in the participation; and higher levels of education and occupational status, as well as fewer health problems were major factors in participation; (2) those with more participation expressed more concern about what others thought of their clothes and gave greater care to personal grooming and care of the home; (3) those who participated more had larger average monthly clothing expenditures; (4) those who participated more were more likely to plan their clothing purchase, but also more likely to buy on impulse; (5) families were the most important source of advice about clothing for both groups; and (6) transportation and tiring easily were the greatest problem for the less participation group, whereas finding a style they liked and getting a good fit were greater problems for those with more participation. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Cooperative Extension Service.
Note: Summary of M.S. thesis, Louisiana State University; R and T Summary No. 36