Year: 2005 Source: Aging and Mental Health, v.9, no.1, (January 2005), p.82-90 SIEC No: 20060890

This study tested a model incorporating physical activities performed alone & with others as predictors of sense of belonging, depression, & suicide ideation. 194 retired adults were included in the study. Within the context of the model, neither participating in physical activities alone, nor with at least one other person, predicted sense of belonging, depression, or suicide ideation. Having the abilities and motivation to belong was a predictor of participating in physical activities with others & actual feelings of belonging & contributed to predicting mental health in retirees. It was concluded that sense of belonging may need to be facilitated in order for mental health to be enhanced. (71 refs.)