Cognitive Style and Choice of Leisure Activities by Older Adults

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The relationships between cognitive style and choice of leisure activities by older adults (55 yr. and older) were investigated. Also examined were the differences between 7 men and 9 women in cognitive style and selection of leisure activities. Subjects were administered the Group Embedded Figures Test to assess the cognitive style and the Leisure Activities Blank to determine preferences for leisure activities. Moderate Pearson product-moment coefficients were obtained between cognitive styles and choice of both past and future leisure activities for the total group as well as some leisure activity choices for the 9 women. There was no significant difference between men and women in cognitive style. There were differences between men and women in choices of past activities, and those for future activities seemed to follow traditional patterns of leisure behavior of older adults. Cross-validation is essential.

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