Functional support associated with belonging to the Red Hat Society®, a leisure-based social network

Deborah L. Kerstetter, Careen M. Yarnal, Julie S. Son, I. Yin Yen, Birgitta S. Baker

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Abstract

Researchers have addressed the structure of leisure-based social networks but have given little attention to their functional outcomes, especially among older women. A leisure-based social network popular among older women but little studied is the Red Hat Society®. Thus, we chose to address how older women describe the functional support they receive from one leisure-based social network, the Red Hat Society®. Data were gathered from more than 4,000 members. The findings indicated that functional support is multidimensional (e.g., spending time with friends, attention from others) and with few exceptions, positive. In addition, the functional support is primarily emotional and social in nature rather than informational and financial, as has previously been reported in social networks research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-555
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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