ERIC Number: ED127505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Voluntary Associations, Life Satisfaction, and Other Correlates of Participation in Programs for the Elderly. A Preliminary Analysis.
Grote, N. P.; Baumhover, L. A.
The relationship between life satisfaction and voluntary association membership is passing through its descriptive phases and is now being examined in depth. As part of a three-year longitudinal study to evaluate a Title VII program, this data reports on an analysis of life satisfaction, voluntary association membership, health status, and SES among program participants and non-participants within the same AAA. Sampling procedures consisted of proportional allocation by systematic random method. Three groups were chosen; (1) program participants surveyed at Time II; (2) non-participants surveyed at Time I; and (3) non-participants never surveyed. An analysis of covariance was run to determine if any of the independent variables had a significant effect on life satisfaction. Findings support Cutler's thesis (1973) that the effects of status and health lead to a weak relationship between voluntary association membership and life satisfaction. Apparently voluntary associations include participants in good health who are financially able to participate. Implications are discussed to improve program participation by developing alternative strategies to involve low income groups in good health. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Alabama Regional Planning Commission.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., University. Center for the Study of Aging.