Altruism and task participation in the elderly.

  title={Altruism and task participation in the elderly.},
  author={J K Hatter and D L Nelson},
  journal={The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association},
  volume={41 6},
  • J K Hatter, D L Nelson
  • Published 1987 in
    The American journal of occupational therapy…
The purpose of this study was to investigate altruism as a factor in task participation among the elderly. The question was whether elderly persons are more likely to participate in an activity designed to help or benefit others than in an activity with no such altruistic purpose. Four groups of persons living in a home for the aged (N = 130) were invited to participate in a cookie-decorating activity. The invitations for two of the groups stated that the cookies would be a gift for a local… CONTINUE READING

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