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ERIC Number: ED181416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading Attitudes, Habits, Interests, and Motivations of the Elderly.
Ngandu, Kathleen M.; O'Rourke, Bill
To gather information about reading as it relates to older adults, 267 people, ranging in age from 60 to 93 years, were asked to complete questionnaires. Specific information elicited concerned reading habits, reading materials, time spent in reading daily, time spent watching television, reading interests, preferred television shows, and reading motivations. Results showed the following: (1) the elderly subjects enjoyed reading; (2) they most frequently read newspapers and magazines; (3) the best sources of materials seemed to be subscriptions, churches, friends, and senior centers; (4) the subjects averaged 2.4 hours of daily reading and 2.4 hours of television viewing; (5) the top reading interests were religion and news; (6) most subjects identified news/public affairs shows as their favorite television fare; and (7) the main motivations for reading were enjoyment and information. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (23rd, Boston, MA, November 1-3, 1979)