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Assimilative and Accommodative Coping and Older People’s Leisure Activities (2020)

Tourunen, A., Siltanen, S., Portegijs, E., Eronen, J., Rantanen, T., & Saajanaho, M. (2020). Assimilative and Accommodative Coping and Older People’s Leisure Activities. Journal of Aging and Health, 32(7-8), 778-786. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264319852002

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All authors or editors: Tourunen, Anu; Siltanen, Sini; Portegijs, Erja; Eronen, Johanna; Rantanen, Taina; Saajanaho, Milla

Journal or series: Journal of Aging and Health

ISSN: 0898-2643

eISSN: 1552-6887

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 32

Issue number: 7-8

Pages range: 778-786

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264319852002

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Objectives: Assimilative and accommodative coping strategies have hardly been studied in relation to leisure activities in old age. We investigated whether tenacious goal pursuit (TGP) and flexible goal adjustment (FGA) influence the association between physical performance and participation in leisure activities. Methods: A cross-sectional analysis was conducted among 187 community-dwelling people aged 79 to 93 years. TGP, FGA, and leisure activity participation were asked with questionnaires. Physical performance was assessed with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). Results: TGP moderated the relationship between physical performance and leisure activity participation. Despite low physical performance, people with high TGP had close to mean level of leisure activity participation, whereas low TGP was associated with very little activity. Most notably, people without high TGP had fewer outdoor activities and group activities outside home. Similar effects were not found for FGA. Discussion: Persistency, rather than flexibility, in goal pursuit appears to help older people be active in their leisure time.

Keywords: elderly; functional capacity; physical functioning; coping; goal orientation; activity (properties); leisure activities

Free keywords: tenacious goal pursuit; flexible goal adjustment; physical performance; functional decline

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Reporting Year: 2020

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