ERIC Number: ED306491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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The Relationship between Traits of Creativity and Physical Activity in the Elderly.
Malone, Harry Nevin
The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between traits of creativity in the elderly and their level of physical activity. Another purpose was to determine if there was a relationship between traits of creativity focusing on arousal, sensation-seeking, and playfulness and activity. The study used an ex post facto research design to assess traits and level of activity in 42 subjects at the Upper Arlington, Ohio, Senior Center. The traits inventory used a Likert scale for 100 questions and the activity level was by self-report. A subset of 26 questions addressed the arousal traits. Results indicated a positive correlation between creativity and physical activity. It was considered unlikely that the correlation occurred by chance. Elderly subjects who scored high on traits of creativity tended to be more physically active and chose the out-of-doors for their arena more often than did those who were less physically active. The same outdoor-active elderly also scored higher on traits dealing with sensation-seeking and arousal than did those in the group who were not as active. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Master's Thesis, Ohio State University.