Neighbourhood deprivation and older adults' preferences for and perceptions of active leisure participation

Michael J. Annear, Bob Gidlow, Grant Cushman

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Abstract

This paper examines the influence of neighbourhood deprivation on older adults' preferences for and perceptions of active leisure participation using an original research approach. A mixed-methods procedure, incorporating Q methodology and semi-structured interviews, was undertaken with 63 elderly residents from high- and low-deprivation neighbourhoods in Christchurch, New Zealand. Analysis of Q sort data and interview transcripts revealed that residents of a high-deprivation neighbourhood had diverse preferences for leisure settings and generally perceived their neighbourhood as a constraint to active leisure participation. In contrast, residents of a low-deprivation neighbourhood showed distinct preferences for attractive, natural leisure settings and perceived that their neighbourhood facilitated active leisure participation. Leisure providers are encouraged to consider how environmental characteristics influence individual perceptions and preferences and potentially affect active leisure participation in high- and low-deprivation neighbourhoods when providing recreational facilities and resources for older adults. As a research tool for leisure studies, Q methodology provides a novel means for researchers to appraise preferences for neighbourhood leisure environments and may be useful in determining the accessibility and efficacy of community leisure provision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-128
Number of pages33
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Active leisure
  • Mixed methods
  • Neighbourhood deprivation
  • Older adults
  • Physical environment
  • Q methodology
  • Social environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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