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[Participation in research: interest and opinions on participatory research among participants of a senior university].

Authors
  • Seifert, Alexander1, 2
  • Schelling, Hans Rudolf3
  • Tönsmann, Susanne4, 5
  • Martin, Mike3, 6, 4, 5, 7
  • 1 Zentrum für Gerontologie, Universität Zürich, Pestalozzistrasse 24, 8032, Zürich, Schweiz. [email protected]
  • 2 Universitärer Forschungsschwerpunkt (UFSP) "Dynamik Gesunden Alterns", Universität Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz. [email protected]
  • 3 Zentrum für Gerontologie, Universität Zürich, Pestalozzistrasse 24, 8032, Zürich, Schweiz.
  • 4 Partizipative Wissenschaftsakademie, Universität Zürich und ETH Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz.
  • 5 Kompetenzzentrum Citizen Science, Universität Zürich und ETH Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz.
  • 6 Universitärer Forschungsschwerpunkt (UFSP) "Dynamik Gesunden Alterns", Universität Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz.
  • 7 Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Volume
53
Issue
5
Pages
423–429
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00391-019-01609-0
PMID: 31486883
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
German
License
Unknown

Abstract

In gerontological research, older people are often used as test subjects. Participatory research means the active and equal involvement of those affected by the research question, i.e., the subjects and the academic researchers. But what is the interest in participatory research among older people who participate in an educational institution of the third age? In order to answer this question, participants of a senior university were interviewed. The survey was conducted as a standardized postal survey combined with an optional online survey of participants from the Senior University of Zurich (Switzerland). The sample consisted of 811 persons aged between 56 and 96 years. Of the respondents 24% had already participated in a participatory research project and of these, older people and people with a high level of education were more likely to be involved, as were people who are more likely to be extraverted and who regularly volunteer. Of all respondents, 62% were interested in participatory research projects. In a multivariate perspective, interest depended on age, education, volunteering and experience with such research projects. The interest in participatory participation among Senior University members was high. This interest was more pronounced among people who already had experience with such projects. Further studies should evaluate the interest in research participation on the basis of implemented participatory projects and define optimal framework conditions.

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