An exploratory study of older adults' participation in civic action

Geri Adler, Jennifer Schwartz, Michael Kuskowski

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Older adults are increasingly addressing issues facing their communities and larger society. This exploratory study examined the motivations and barriers to civic participation in a group of elders. Participants were divided into two groups-activists who considered themselves involved in social action, and non-activists who did not. Activists were more educated (p = 0.001), had higher incomes (p = 0.04), and were more likely to be female (p = 0.04) than non-activists. Regression analyses revealed that higher education was a significant predictor of perceived social activism (p = 0.01). By understanding the benefits of and challenges to civic participation, activities can be developed in ways that encourage and recognize involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 25 2007


  • Activism
  • Civic participation
  • Older adults
  • Volunteerism

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