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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S125
Journal / PublicationJournal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


Introduction : The purpose of the present study is to investigate that elderly actively or passively engage in art and creative activities will facilitate their quality of life (QoL). It is hypothesized that the awareness of elder’s creative values, included: intention determinantsof creativity, creative self-efficacy, perceived reward for creativity in society are intrinsic motivators to art and creative activities and also contributing to improve elderly QoL. Method : Participants included 439 Chinese participants from 17 elderly day centers across different districts in Hong Kong SAR. Participants completed a questionnaire with assistance from trained researchers. The questionnaire consisted of subjective norm of creativity (4 items), creative intention (2 items), perceived reward for creativity in society (8 items), creative selfefficacy (3 items), quality of life (21 items), passive participation in creative and cultural activities (3 items), and active participation in creative and cultural activities (5 items). Results : Reliabilities analyses had indicated that all the scales were reliable. Significant correlations were found between participation in creative and cultural activities and various dimensions of QoL, creative self-efficacy and QoL. Multiple regression analyses had shown that active participation, creative self-effiicacy and subjective norm of creativity were significant predictors of the achievement-recognition dimension of QoL, explaining 34% of the variance. Creative self-efficacy and perceived reward for creativity significantly predicted the dimension of subjective wellbeing and interpersonal relation, explaining 10% of the variance. Conclusion : Engagement of healthy individuals in creative and cultural activities in their leisure can significantly enhance the quality of life in older adulthood.

Research Area(s)

  • Creativity, Participation, quality of life