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Unpublished Paper
Motivation for Active Aging: Results of a Pilot Study
Gerontology Institute Publications
  • Francis G. Caro, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Laney Bruner-Canhoto, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Jeffery Burr, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston
Document Type
Occasional Paper
Publication Date
The current research explores the question whether activity on the part of older people can be explained, in part, by a general motivation to be active that cuts across various forms of activity. One premise is that motivation defined as “personal interest or desire” is one of a number of forces that contributes to participation in an activity. A further premise is that a distinction may be made between motivation that is specific to a particular activity and general motivation to be active. A general motive to be active may help to explain specific forms of activity. Further, a general motive to be active may also help to explain the number of forms of activity in which people engage.

Working Paper.

Community Engaged/Serving
No, this is not community-engaged.
Citation Information
Francis G. Caro, Laney Bruner-Canhoto, Jeffery Burr and Jan Mutchler. "Motivation for Active Aging: Results of a Pilot Study" (2005)
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