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This study examined civic engagement participation among older adult nursing home residents and determined resident characteristics that predict group membership, resident council participation, informal volunteering, and voting. Residents (N = 139) answered questions from standardized surveys during in-person interviews. The most common civic engagement activity was membership in social/community groups. Logistic regression results showed that emotional well-being and social support predict group membership and resident council participation. Age and activities of daily living predict volunteering. Study findings suggest that community groups could utilize residents in their efforts, and that future research should determine supports and adaptations for increasing civic engagement among residents.
Skye N. Leedahl, Alicia M. Sellon & Naomi Gallopyn (2017) Factors Predicting Civic Engagement among Older Adult Nursing Home Residents, Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 41:3, 197-219, DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2017.1310581