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Leisure innovation and the transition to retirement

Genoe, M. Rebecca; Liechty, Toni and Marston, Hannah R. (2019). Leisure innovation and the transition to retirement. Leisure Sciences (Early Access).

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Innovation theory posits that adopting new leisure activities contributes to well-being in later life. We explored the relevance of innovation theory among Canadian baby boomers transitioning to retirement. Using grounded theory and online qualitative methods, we recruited baby boomers who had recently retired or were planning to retire in the next five years. Twenty-five participants engaged in three two-week blogging sessions, followed by face-to-face focus groups/interview over about one year. Data, including blog posts from each session and focus group/interview transcripts, were analyzed using initial, focused, and theoretical coding. Two main themes, embracing retirement and pursuing new and former leisure, highlighted nuances of leisure and the transition to retirement as participants adjusted to increased free time along with shifting priorities and available resources. The findings supported innovation theory and suggested areas of refinement.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1521-0588
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Fun in Retirement430-2013-00124SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Keywords: aging; innovation; leisure; retirement
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 60758
Depositing User: Hannah Marston
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 16:33
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