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An investigation of social activities of neurologically healthy older adults and relevance of the Social Activities Checklist (SOCACT-2)

Cruice, M., Morton, R. and Davidson, B. (2016). An investigation of social activities of neurologically healthy older adults and relevance of the Social Activities Checklist (SOCACT-2). Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 4(3),

Abstract

Purpose: This preliminary study aimed to describe the type, range, partner and frequency of social activity among neurologically healthy older people in order to evaluate the content validity of the SOCial ACTivities Checklist (SOCACT-2).

Method: Ten neurologically healthy older people were recruited. Participants’ social activities were investigated through the completion of the SOCACT-2. Naturalistically occurring social activities were then recorded in a social activity diary over 28 consecutive days. Items recorded in the diaries were compared with SOCACT-2 items, and new items not included in the SOCACT-2 were noted. Frequency and location of participation was also recorded.

Results: All SOCACT-2 items were recorded in the diaries, with the exception of two. Findings suggest that another two SOCACT-2 items could be rephrased to more accurately reflect naturalistically occurring social activities, and two new categories of social activities were identified.

Conclusions: The results provide preliminary evidence for the relevance of the majority of SOCACT items. Revisions to four existing items included in the SOCACT-2, as well as the inclusion of two additional items may be indicated to capture the range of activities participated in by older people.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13382
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