Partial funding for this study was provided by Building and Enriching Stronger Tennessee B.E.S.T. families. This article was presented as a poster at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, November 2001, Rochester, New York.
Factors Influencing Midlife and Older Adults’ Attendance in Family Life Education Programs*
Article first published online: 16 JUN 2005
Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 461–472, July 2005
How to Cite
Ballard , S. M. and Lane Morris, M. (2005), Factors Influencing Midlife and Older Adults’ Attendance in Family Life Education Programs. Family Relations, 54: 461–472. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2005.00331.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2005
- evaluation strategies;
- family life education;
- older adults;
- participation rates;
- program attendance;
- training and development
Abstract: This study explored the likelihood of midlife and older adults attending a family life education program by assessing learner characteristics and deterrents to and motivators of attendance. Data were collected through a survey mailed to a stratified sample of adults aged 50 and over. Discriminant analysis results based on survey responses from 264 participants suggest that younger individuals with strong religious beliefs, low personal and programmatic deterrents, and high levels of motivation were most likely to indicate future program attendance. Implications for family life education are discussed.