Sociodemographic determinants of leisure participation among elderly in Malaysia

Halimatus Sakdiah Minhat, Rahmah Mohd Amin

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Abstract

Leisure participation has been proven to be beneficial and has a positive link to successful ageing. This study aims to explore the sociodemographic determinants of leisure participation among the Malaysian elderly. A cross-sectional study was conducted among persons aged 60 years and above, purposively selected from eight health clinics in the state of Selangor. Leisure participation was measured using a validated Leisure Participation Questionnaire specific for Malaysian elderly, consisting of 25 activities, categorized into 4 categories, namely recreational (physical), cognitive, social and productive. Frequency of such participation was measured on a 6-point scale. Its association with sociodemographic variables was examined using inferential and regression analysis. 268 participants were involved in this study (response rate = 100%). The most common daily leisure activities were having conversations while relaxing (78.7%), watching television (74.6%) and reading (63.4%). The least frequently done leisure activities were from the recreational and cognitive categories. The activities were weakly correlated to each other, reflecting the lack of diversity of leisure activities among respondents. Education was the main predictor for leisure participation among elderly, with higher educational level is associated with high RAS (B = 1.020, P < 0.05), CAS (B = 1.580, P < 0.05) and SAS (B = 1.276, P < 0.05). Education level, marital status and locality were important determinants of leisure participation among elderly, with education being the main predictor. Further studies exploring the effective method of educating the ageing society are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-847
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Leisure participation
  • Malaysia
  • Sociodemographic

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Sociodemographic determinants of leisure participation among elderly in Malaysia. / Minhat, Halimatus Sakdiah; Mohd Amin, Rahmah.

In: Journal of Community Health, Vol. 37, No. 4, 08.2012, p. 840-847.

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