Beyond Bingo: A phenomenographic exploration of leisure in aged care

Miller, Evonne (2015) Beyond Bingo: A phenomenographic exploration of leisure in aged care. Journal of Leisure Research, 48(1), pp. 35-49.

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How do older adults living in residential aged care experience leisure activities? What restricts and facilitates participation? These two research questions guided this semi-longitudinal qualitative research, tracking the lived experience of aged care from the perspective of twenty new aged care residents over 18 months (average age, 80 years) through repeated in-depth semi-structured interviews. Interview data were analyzed using phenomenography, an under-utilized qualitative analysis technique that identifies the variations in how people experience, understand, or conceive of a phenomenon. Phenomenography revealed three qualitatively different ways of understanding residents’ leisure experience:

  • (1) as a structure for living,

  • (2) creating social connections, and;

  • (3) maintaining ability.

By illustrating the variation and similarities in how these older Australian residents conceptualise and experience leisure in aged care, the findings may help facilitate a more thoughtful understanding that informs theory, policy and practice.

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ID Code: 86513
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: activities, ageing, leisure, nursing home, phenomenographic, qualitative research
DOI: 10.18666/JLR-2016-V48-I1-6254
ISSN: 2159-6417
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 National Recreation and Park Association
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2015 01:08
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2016 02:57

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