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Health-related factors associated with participation in creative hobbies by Australian women aged in their eighties

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Liddle, Lynne ParkinsonLynne Parkinson, D Sibbritt
Background: Population-based epidemiological studies can contribute to the spectrum of research evidence regarding the potential role of the arts in improving health and well-being among older people. To date, these studies are uncommon. The aim of the current study was to investigate health-related factors associated with participation in creative hobbies in women aged in their eighties living in Australia. Methods: Descriptive and regression analyses were performed on data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health 2008 postal survey of women born 1921-1926 (n=5470). Results: Creative hobbies were undertaken by 52.7% of the sample and positively associated with physical health (IADL), health-related quality of life (general health, social functioning) and other social and demographic indicators. Conclusion: The relationship between participation in creative hobbies and health in older women is likely to be complex and influenced by many factors including individual physical capacity and independence as well as access to art-making activities.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

6

Issue

2

Start Page

132

End Page

142

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1753-3023

ISSN

1753-3015

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Not affiliated to a Research Institute; School of Human, Health and Social Sciences (2013- ); University of Newcastle; University of Technology, Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Arts and health.