Barriers to Recreation Participation in Later Life Cycle Stages


  • Thomas Buchanan
  • Lawrence R. Allen


Life Cycle, Elderly, Barriers, Urban, Fear of Crime


This study extends previous research which has examined barriers to participation and the family life cycle by examining both family life cycle and later life cycle stages (post children, retirement, post retirement). Results are based upon data which were gathered by mail questionnaires in four communities of northeastern Chicago. Findings indicated that the magnitude of several barriers remained relatively constant across life cycle stages while other barriers showed rapid changes as life-cycle stage changed. The three most significant barriers to participation among individuals in later life cycle stages were fear of crime, inadequacy of time and health realted problems. Results are discussed in light of the growing number of elderly in the United States. Recommendations are made for programming efforts designed to minimize barriers for the elderly.



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