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Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2010;70(4):299-317.

The Meaningful Activity Participation Assessment: a measure of engagement in personally valued activities.

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Physical and Occupational Therapy, Idaho State University, Pocatello 83209, USA. eakmaaro@isu.edu

Abstract

The Meaningful Activity Participation Assessment (MAPA), a recently developed 28-item tool designed to measure the meaningfulness of activity, was tested in a sample of 154 older adults. The MAPA evidenced a sufficient level of internal consistency and test-retest reliability and correlated as theoretically predicted with the Life Satisfaction Index-Z, the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Engagement in Meaningful Activities Survey, the Purpose in Life Test, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Inventory and the Rand SF-36v2 Health Survey subscales. Zero-order correlations consistently demonstrated meaningful relationships between the MAPA and scales of psychosocial well-being and health-related quality of life. Results from multiple regression analyses further substantiated these findings, as greater meaningful activity participation was associated with better psychological well-being and health-related quality of life. The MAPA appears to be a reliable and valid measure of meaningful activity, incorporating both subjective and objective indicators of activity engagement.

PMID:
20649161
PMCID:
PMC3177298
DOI:
10.2190/AG.70.4.b
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