An Exploration of Older Men’s Social Lives and Well-Being in the Context of a Coffee Group

Katherine A. Broughton, Laura Payne, Toni Liechty

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to better understand older men's experiences with social leisure in the form of a coffee group. Data collection included participant observation at two different coffee groups and semi-structured interviews with 14 older men who attended the groups. Data were analyzed thematically using open and axial coding (Merriam, 2009). Several themes emerged that provided insights into their coffee group experiences and the meanings they attributed to participation. The group was important as an emotional outlet where the men could express their feelings in a supportive environment. The group promoted social engagement and connectedness, offering them a sense of purpose and social interaction. Participants also felt a sense of belonging through the group and expressed that it facilitated experiences of valued fun and enjoyment. Overall, the findings suggest that the coffee group served as a facilitator of emotional health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalLeisure Sciences
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2017

Keywords

  • health and well-being
  • leisure later in life
  • meanings
  • older men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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