Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William Kummer, Thaddeus Crews, Elmer Gray, Alton Little

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


The objective was to identify the leisure preferences of elderly in Bowling Green Nutrition Programs. This objective was to be accomplished through the utilization of a leisure preference test. Since no leisure preference test was found, the study was significant not only for the results obtained but also to evaluate this new test.

The test was designed after the format utilized in the Edwards Personal Preference Test. Major categories were selected and each was composed of five leisure opportunity statements. Each category was placed in opposition to every other category four times to comprise the test. A test was then designed consisting of fifty questions. This arrangement of two statements per question yielding an either-or choice resulted in the indication of a preference.

Three test sites were used with a total of seventy respondents. Results were analyzed for the total group of respondents and were studied by age, sex, and test site.

When analyzed as a group, results indicated that these elderly preferred three leisure categories substantially over the other two. These three preferred categories were trips and excursions, nature and outdoor activities, and social recreation activities. The two least preferred activities were hobbies and clubs, and service activities.

With the ease of administration and use, the leisure preference test holds great potential for use in the leisure service field. It provides a sophisticated method of identifying public interest in leisure opportunities and can insure sounder programming to meet public preferences.


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nutrition | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Health | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences