Viewpoints on community mobility and participation in older age
2012 (English)In: Journal of Human Subjectivity, ISSN 1598-8643, Vol. 10, no 1, 103-123 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background/Aim: Community mobility supports participation in activities. However, knowledge about issues that influence community mobility and, hence, participation in activities outside the home is limited. Since participation and community mobility are subjectively defined phenomena, further knowledge from an insider’s perspective is needed. The aim of this study was to identify and describe viewpoints on community mobility and participation in older age. Methods: A Q-methodology study was conducted with 36 male and female participants, including drivers and non-drivers. Participants sorted 45 Q-statements along a most to least continuum, indicating their current habitual situation of mobility and participation in activities outside their homes. Results: Three viewpoints were found and assigned content-describing denominations; “Prefer being mobile by car, “Prefer being mobile by public transport” and “Prefer flexible mobility”. Conclusions: All participants were satisfied with their actual participation in activities outside their homes. However, those who preferred to use public transport were less satisfied with their opportunities and possibilities to participate in activities outside their homes. The existing demand-responsive Special Transportation System was not considered to be an attractive enough alternative by any of the participants. Intermediate community mobility options are thus needed for those who can no longer drive or use public transport.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 10, no 1, 103-123 p.
Activity, Q methodology, Sweden, Northern Europe
Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19481Local ID: HHJADULTIS, HHJCHILDIS, HHJKvalitetIS, HHJÅldrandeISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-19481DiVA: diva2:555382