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Research Article  |   August 1983
Occupational Behavior and Life Satisfaction among Retirees
Author Affiliations
  • Mark D. Gregory, M.S., OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center, Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
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Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Features
Research Article   |   August 1983
Occupational Behavior and Life Satisfaction among Retirees
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1983, Vol. 37, 548-553. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.8.548
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1983, Vol. 37, 548-553. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.8.548
Abstract

Kielhofner’s A Model of Human Occupation was used to guide a study on the effect of occupational behavior (defined as the type, amount, and meaningfulness of one’s activities) on life satisfaction in retirees. Seventy-nine volunteers from a variety of settings for the elderly completed a questionnaire about the amount and types of their activities, the meaningfulness of their activities (i.e., enjoyability, autonomy, and competency), and life satisfaction. The results demonstrated that occupational behavior plays a significant role in affecting life satisfaction among retirees.