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Title: Changes in activity among older volunteers
Authors: Morrow-Howell, N.
Hong, S.-I. 
McCrary, S.
Blinne, W.
Keywords: Activity engagement
Activity patterns
Latent class analysis
Issue Date: Mar-2012
Citation: Morrow-Howell, N., Hong, S.-I., McCrary, S., Blinne, W. (2012-03). Changes in activity among older volunteers. Research on Aging 34 (2) : 174-196. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Purpose: To explore changes in daily activities associated with high-intensity volunteering, this study assessed activities in a sample of 180 new Experience Corps (EC) volunteers serving low reading students in urban schools.Methods: Level of activity in 15 areas (visiting friends, reading, watching TV, etc.) was obtained at the beginning of this high-commitment volunteer experience and after 9 months of service. Latent class analyses were used to identify activity patterns, and regression analyses were used to identify factors associated with changes in activities.Results: At pre-test, 37% were classified in the low-activity group and were more likely to be first time volunteers, older, non-White, and have less education. At post-test, only 17% were classified as low activity. An increase in activity was more likely to occur for those who were low activity before joining the volunteer program.Implications: These findings demonstrate that increase in activity does occur for less active older adults who join a volunteer program. © The Author(s) 2012.
Source Title: Research on Aging
ISSN: 01640275
DOI: 10.1177/0164027511419371
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