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Ahn, Yi, Park, Lee, Lee, Min, Cho, and Chang: A study on the development of the protocol of leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviant prevention

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide planning methods for leisure activity program to prevent the elderly’s deviance, using the program components and protocol factors. This section discusses the results obtained through document analysis and Delphi technique. First, the components of leisure activity program were classified into five stages such as definition, condition analysis, program composition, application and evaluation. Second, the protocol factors in each stage of leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviant prevention were 19 main themes and 75 sub-themes respectively. In the stage of condition analysis, five main themes such as deviant prediction, individual, socio-demographic, social and cultural factors and 25 sub-themes were found. Program composition included three main themes, facilities, instructor and program and 16 sub-themes and in the application stage, there were three key themes, facilities, instructor and program and 14 sub-themes. Lastly, the evaluation found four main themes such as deviant prevention, participation in leisure activities, management and wellbeing and 16 sub-themes.

INTRODUCTION

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, Korean society has been facing the various challenges by the rapid elderly population growth. Among the issues, the rate of elderly’s crimes becomes one of the most serious social problems. In 1996 there were 34,000 senior criminals, accounting for 1.8% of the total number of criminals 1,922,000, but it has been significantly increased to 4.3%, about 82,000 older criminals out of 1,932,000 in 2006. This data shows that while the total number of criminals only increased about 0.5%, the rate of senior crimes jumped nearly 200% (Jang, 2009). In addition, a type of crime becomes more violent crimes such as robbery, arson and murder.
In criminology, gerontology and sociology, the elderly’s crimes are at the heart of both theoretical and practical concerns (Ji, 2002; Lee et al., 2003). Many scholars have examined the research on the causes of older people’s delinquent behavior and pointed out that most delinquent behavior are predictable. Moreover, they have also indicated that the personal factors such as socio-demographic and environmental characteristics can lead to the elderly’s predictable deviant behavior which can cause criminal behavior (Lee, 2006).
In recent, some scholars in Korea are interested in research on socio-psychological factors (stress, depression, alienation, isolation, role loss) which can bring about deviant behavior of the elderly and make an effort to solve those problems. Within the realm of leisure and sport, sport sociologists have explored how the elderly’s participation in sport and leisure plays an important role in their daily life (Chun et al., 2001; Ham, 2005; Yi, 2005). More specifically, scholars in sport and leisure have insisted the government should provide more facilities, better instructors and programs not only to give more opportunities for elderly to participate in leisure activity, but also to reduce various personal problems such as depression, alienation, isolation and stress (Hwang, 2001; Hyun, 2003; Lee, 2006). However, there has been little research on deviant behavior for the elderly in many different areas of study.
As mentioned above, however, because many scholars have reported that sport and leisure activity may contribute to alleviating socio-psychological problems which may cause deviant behaviors, we may assume that the elderly’s participation in leisure activity may directly or indirectly affect their deviant behavior. Therefore, in conditions where the basic system for the elderly’s crime prevention does not exist, but does need, developing sport and leisure activity program can be a good alternative. It is because the central government has been running a lot of sport and leisure programs through local facilities such as senior welfare centers and/or cultural centers and senior community centers. In addition, the National Health Insurance Service under local authorities has been also providing ‘outreach services’ which send fitness instructors to small towns to encourage the elderly to participate in sport and leisure activity.
Along with exiting sport and leisure programs for the elderly, if both the central and local government agencies can provide special programs which may prevent deviant behaviors or crimes, it can contribute not only to reducing serious deviant behavior and crimes of the elderly, but also to establishing a long term plan to prevent crimes for the elderly. In other words, in the process of planning the programs to prevent the elderly’s deviant behavior, we must consider a lot of determinants such as the level of stress, alienation, depression, isolation, economic status, costs, region, type of participation, frequency of participation and how all determinants are interconnected with each other (Yi et al., 2005). However, there is a lack of knowledge about how to interconnect, and as a result we have had trouble applying scientific knowledge to field-related knowledge (Lee, 2003).
Therefore, drawing upon the concept, ‘the protocol’, this study aims to develop a leisure activity program which can contribute to preventing the elderly’s deviant behaviors and decreasing their crimes. This research may help improve programs for the elderly. Moreover, it may help better understand the needs of the elderly to develop policies and programs related to sport and leisure that better serve the needs of society.
The purpose of this study is to provide planning methods for leisure activity program to prevent the elderly’s deviance, using the program components and protocol factors. The specific questions guiding the purpose are:
  1. What are the program components to prevent the elderly’s deviance?

  2. What are the protocol factors in each stage of leisure activity program to prevent the elderly’s deviance?

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Document analysis

This study analyzes the components of leisure activity program which can prevent the elderly’s deviance through expert meeting from May to July 2010.
First of all, in order to extract the components of leisure activity program which helps prevent deviance of the elderly, keywords such as ‘the elderly’s deviant behavior’ and/or ‘deviant prevention’ were searched from websites, the Research Information Service System (RISS www.riss.kr) and the Korean studies Information Service System (KISS kiss.kstudy.com).
In the first stage, we found 616 theses and 247 journals and finally selected 88 journals and thesis based on the quality of journals and theses. All 88 papers were downloaded, coded and analyzed for this study.

Delphi technique

1) Expert panels selection

Delphi technique is a widely used and accepted method for gathering data from respondents within their domain of expertise. Therefore, the most important thing in a Delphi study is choosing the appropriate expert panels. For this research, all expert panels were selected with a purposive sampling and ten experts in the domain of the elderly were selected from physical education, criminology, gerontology and social work. They all have been working over five years in their field. While six experts from universities have published several articles on deviance, two experts from institutions have conducted the research on the elderly and two experts from the senior welfare centers have taught a variety of leisure activity programs for the elderly.

2) Data collection

In order to conduct a Delphi method, five surveyors were trained for skills, rules, objective of the survey, research plan and a Delphi technique by principal and co-investigators. In the case of the first questionnaire, surveyors asked for prior consent to experts by email and telephone, visited their working places to explain the objective of the survey and the procedures, let participants respond to the questionnaire using the self-administration method and collected the complete questionnaire from them. In the second and third investigation, we followed the same procedures. Each stage took 35 days on average.
To collect data, in the first survey, we used open-ended questionnaire. After analyzing the collected data with expert panels, we developed a second and third questionnaire. During three surveys, the return rate of questionnaire was gradually decreased. However, it showed that the return rate of the last survey was 58% which was relatively higher than the average return rate of 30–40% shown in other research.

3) Data analysis

As seen in Fig. 1, data analysis constituted three different stages. In the first stage, often called the “brainstorming”, open-ended questions to solicit experts’ opinions were conducted, overlapped questions were removed and questions were categorized into each theme.
In the second stage, we sent categorized themes to be confirmed by the expert panels and extracted key factors based on the high frequency.
In the last stage, each panel computed key factor lists and researcher calculated rank based on an average grade of each factor. In order to access reliability between panels, this research used Kendall’s coefficient of concordance.

RESULTS

Analysis on components of leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviance prevention
The purpose of this study is to develop leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviance prevention. In order to achieve the purpose, this study explored and found components of leisure activity program by reviewing both domestic and international journals and thesis.
Drawing upon the document analysis to identify components of leisure activity program, this study classified each stage of the protocol; 1) the definition stage of deviance, 2) the stage of condition analysis, 3) the stage of program composition, 4) the stage of program application and 5) the stage of program evaluation through the socio-historical contextual analysis.
In the first stage, we defined and classified the elderly’s deviance into four different types such as social, economic, psychological and physical deviance. In the next stage, condition analysis of leisure activity program included deviant prevention, socio-demographic, individual, social, cultural factors. In both program composition and application stage, facilities, instructor and program factors were classified as key factors. In the last evaluation stage, deviant prevention, participation in leisure activities, management and wellbeing were found as four key factors.

Analysis on the protocol factors of leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviance prevention

As mentioned in previous section, this study defined components of leisure activity program needed in each stage; 1) the definition stage of deviance, 2) the stage of condition analysis, 3) the stage of program composition, 4) the stage of program application and 5) the stage of program evaluation through the socio-historical contextual analysis.
In this section, we analyzed the protocol factors of leisure activity program using Delphi technique. In the analysis processes, there were 342 protocol factors from the expert panels. Among the protocol factors, 75 factors were selected for the protocol of the elderly’s leisure activity program, which showed over 70% agreement among the expert panel.
As the first stage toward leisure activity programs for deviance prevention, we found a total of 23 protocol factors for the definition on the types of deviance and finally classified them into four themes such as social, economic, psychological and physical deviance.
In the next step, 111 factors were identified as the protocol factors for condition analysis at the first stage. In the next stage, we categorized them into five main themes (deviance prediction, socio-demographic characteristics, individual characteristics, social characteristics, cultural characteristics) and 25 sub-themes (Table 1).
In the third process, we extracted 93 factors composing leisure activity program and classified them into three main themes (facilities, instructor and programs) and 16 sub-themes (Table 1).
In the application process, we found 69 factors at the first stage and extracted three main themes (facilities, instructor and programs) and 14 sub themes at the second stage according to the importance (Table 1).
In the last step which evaluates the protocol for the elderly leisure activity program for deviance prevention, we found 46 factors and finalized four main themes (deviance prevention, participation in leisure activity, management and wellbeing) and 16 sub themes (Table 1).

DISCUSSION

This section discusses the results obtained through document analysis and Delphi technique. First, the components of leisure activity program were classified into five stages such as definition, condition analysis, program composition, application and evaluation. Second, the protocol factors in each stage of leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviant prevention were 19 main themes and 75 sub-themes respectively. More specifically, in the stage of the definition on the types of deviance social, economic, psychological and physical deviance were developed. In the stage of condition analysis, five main themes such as deviant prediction, individual, socio-demographic, social and cultural factors and 25 sub-themes were found. Program composition included three main themes, facilities, instructor and program and 16 sub-themes and in the application stage, there were three key themes, facilities, instructor and program and 14 sub-themes. Lastly, the evaluation found four main themes such as deviant prevention, participation in leisure activities, management and wellbeing and 16 sub-themes.
Leisure activity program which used the protocol factors developed in this study may play an important role in preventing dangers which can be caused by the elderly’s deviant behaviors. If leisure activity program with the protocol factors can be applied to senior citizens with deviant behavior and it can have a positive effect on their behavior, it may contribute to solving social problems caused by the elderly. In addition, staff in local authorities who are responsible for the elderly have received a variety of trainings to promote their health (Lee et al., 2003). If they can be trained by leisure activity program for deviant prevention, it would provide a more efficient way to mediate the elderly’s deviant behaviors.
As mentioned before, while most previous studies on the elderly have focused primarily on how to promote the elderly’s health, there has been little research on the causal relationship of deviant behaviors. Therefore, if further research using this program can be carried out, it would provide a better understanding of what kinds of risk factors influence the elderly’s deviant behaviors and how the protocol factors are interconnected with other factor.
The results of this study should have implications for the elderly. First, five components (stages) of leisure activity program and 19 main protocol themes which were confirmed by ten expert panels may help design objective and rational leisure activity programs. Second, the protocol themes were developed by expert panels who work for the elderly, reflecting their opinions. Therefore, it may provide useful information to instructors who are working with the elderly in sport and/or cultural centers.
It is important to acknowledge the limitations of this study and future recommendations. First, given the nature of Delphi technique, it should be noted that the results were obtained by the limited number of experts. Therefore, results cannot be generalized. Moreover, Kendall’s coefficient of concordance was 0.32 which showed lower reliability between respondents. Second, in the selection process of the protocol factors we did not present an objective standard. Therefore, future research needs to collect extensive opinions from more various fields and present clear standard in the selection process of the protocol factors.

Notes

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2010-32A-G00026).

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Fig. 1.
Analysis procedure.
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Table 1.
Delphi result of the protocol factors on leisure activity program for the elderly’s deviance prevention
Stage Main factor Sub-factors and contents Analysis results
Definition of deviance Social deviance Deviance by anti-social actions
  1. 23 factors in the first stage

  2. 4 factors in the second stage (agreement over 22 out of 30 expert panels: 73.3%)

Economic deviance Deviance by economic problems
Psychological deviance Deviance by psychological problems beyond its control
Physical deviance Deviance by sexual dissatisfaction
Condition analysis Deviance prediction Depression, helplessness, stress, alienation, anger, moral judgment
  1. 111 factors in the first stage

  2. 25 factors in the second stage (agreement over 23 out of 30 expert panels: 76.7%)

Socio-demographic characteristics Gender, age, education, the presence of a spouse, living with their off springs
Individual characteristics Medical history, physical condition, drinking, smoking
Social characteristics Religion, club activity, sociality, past occupation, economic level
Cultural characteristics Participation in leisure activity, frequency of leisure activity, type of leisure activity, desire of leisure activity, leisure specialization
Program components Facilities Accessibility, type of executing organization, convenience in use, safety, cost reasonableness
  1. 93 factors in the first stage

  2. 16 factors in the second stage (agreement over 21 out of 30 expert panels: 70%)

Instructor Gender, attitude, professionalism, communication skill
Programs Contents, type, accompanying family members, frequency, activity target, attraction, participation level
Application Facilities Convenient approximation, facility satisfaction, safety check
  1. 69 factors in the first stage

  2. 14 factors in the second stage (agreement over 23 out of 30 expert panels: 76.7%)

Instructor Skill check from instructor, instructors’ attitude, satisfaction with instructors, communication skill, cooperation between instructors and family members
Programs Adherence of participation, adaptability of program, satisfaction with program, activity target check, satisfaction with other participants, change in daily life
Evaluation Deviance prevention Change in deviant desire, program satisfaction, change in daily life, change in physical health, change in mental health
  1. 46 factors in the first stage

  2. 16 factors in the second stage (agreement over 25 out of 30 expert panels: 83.8%)

Participation in leisure activity Participation rate, cognitive satisfaction, affective satisfaction, participation satisfaction, friendship
Management Cooperation between instructors and family members, ability to cope with deviance, stabilization of activity
Wellbeing Health maintenance, social stability, social activity

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