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Outdoor group activity, depression, and subjective well-being among retirees of China: the mediating role of meaning in life

Zhang, Z.

Journal of Health Psychology 24(9): 1245-1256

2019


ISSN/ISBN: 1461-7277
PMID: 28810417
DOI: 10.1177/1359105317695428
Accession: 060057415

This study examined the effect of outdoor group activity on mental health and the potential mediating effect of meaning in life. Participants were 559 retired people. A self-developed questionnaire measured outdoor group activity; the Meaning in Life Scale, the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale, and the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression assessed meaning in life, subjective well-being, and depression, respectively. Results indicated outdoor group activity significantly predicted subjective well-being and depression; meaning in life fully mediated the relationship between outdoor group activity and subjective well-being and partially mediated the relationship between outdoor group activity and depression. The implications and limitations were also discussed.

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