School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
andragogy, senior-citizen, technology, well-being
Adult and Continuing Education | Educational Leadership
Hopkins, Treg, "The Relationship between Well-Being and Technology among Senior Citizens in Indiana" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1679.
Across America technology has become an ever present requirement for day-to-day living. Senior citizens for this study were those who were 50 years of age and older and were often hindered in understanding and using technology. The purpose of this research study was to determine if there is a statistical significant correlation between the number of technology classes a senior citizen takes and general well-being. Senior citizens were surveyed to determine if understanding of technology changed level of well-being. A paper survey was used with a convenience sample of seniors who take technology based courses through an organization designed to teach the aging population how to use technology. Well-being was measured using two different instruments. The first was the Quality of Life and Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire- Short Form. The second was the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale. A Spearman’s rho correlation was used to determine if there is a relationship between well-being and the number of technology courses taken by seniors. The researcher found that there was a statistically significant moderate-to-strong positive correlation between the number of technology courses completed and overall score on the Quality of Life and Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire- Short Form. The researcher found there was a statistically significant moderate-to-strong positive correlation number of technology course completed and overall score on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale.