ERIC Number: ED339828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
A Study of Creativity and Aging in Men and Women over Sixty-Five.
Pope, Louise Ombres
An investigation was made of the relationships between creativity and factors associated with the aging process of retired and current artists over the age of 65. Its focus was to determine differences among three groups of creative people--continuing artists, retired artists, and new artists--in terms of their views of how aging affects creativity. One-to-one qualitative interviews were conducted from June to September 1990 with six men and six women. The group consisted of four retired artists, four new artists, three musicians, and one writer/puppeteer. A literature review focused on creativity, the creative process, creativity in aging, and educational implications of aging. Findings indicated that creativity was considered an inherent quality discovered early in life. Creativity was universally defined as what a person brings of himself or herself to an idea or product. Education was considered to be of value to the creative person. The research did not indicate physical barriers to creativity from a mental standpoint. Social barriers centering around the societal attitudes about older persons affected how long an older person continued in his or her area of creativity. Continued recognition and support for their creative endeavors were factors in whether the artists continued with their interest in creativity. Chronological age did not appear to limit creativity. New and continuing artists appeared more vital and happy than retired artists. (Appendixes include 36 references, correspondence, and an interview discussion outline.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota.