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Enhancing older adults’ sense of belonging and subjective well-being through sport game attendance, team identification, and emotional support.

Inoue, Y., Wann, D., Lock, D., Sato, M., Moore, C. and Funk, D., 2019. Enhancing older adults’ sense of belonging and subjective well-being through sport game attendance, team identification, and emotional support. Journal of Aging and Health. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/0898264319835654

Abstract

Objective: We investigate how (a) attendance at sport games and (b) identification with a sport team as fans (i.e., supporters of the team) influence older adults’ perceptions of emotional support, belonging and subjective well-being (SWB). Methods: An experimental pilot study was conducted with 50 older adults, followed by a main survey study administered to 534 older adults from various communities across the United States. Results: Pilot study results indicated that game attendance and team identification had a positive and significant influence on older adults’ perceptions of emotional support from fellow team fans. These results were replicated in the main study, which also showed that older adults’ perceived emotional support from fellow fans was positively associated with their sense of belonging which predicted their SWB. Discussion: The findings provide insights into how older adults may be engaged in meaningful forms of social life to help them maintain and enhance mental health.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0898-2643
Uncontrolled Keywords:spectator sports; belonging; subjective well-being; group identification; older adults
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31830
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:20 Feb 2019 12:00
Last Modified:20 Mar 2019 09:52

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