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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rodrigo Serrat Fernandez,
Professor Thomas Scharf
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Oxford University Press, 2019.
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Background and objectives: This study analyzes critically existing knowledge concerning older people’s civic participation, pinpoints gaps in the literature, and proposes new directions for research. Research design and methods: We conducted a scoping review of literature on older people’s civic participation. To conduct this review, we followed the five-step framework developed by Arksey and O’Malley (2005), and expanded by Levac, Colquhoun, and O’Brien (2010).Results: Research into older people’s civic participation has grown steadily over the past 55 years. However, the increasing number of publications mainly concerns collective forms of social participation, particularly volunteering, with other types of participation being more stable over time. Contextual as well as dynamic aspects of civic participation remain underdeveloped. Diversity of older people is scarcely represented in current research. Discussion and implications: This scoping review identifies four critical gaps in the literature that should be at the forefront of future research. These are classified as conceptual, contextual, processual, and diverse aspects of research into older people’s civic participation.
Author(s): Serrat R, Scharf T, Villar F, Gómez Ulloa C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: The Gerontologist
Pages: Epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 19/03/2019
Acceptance date: 16/01/2019
Date deposited: 16/01/2019
ISSN (print): 0016-9013
ISSN (electronic): 1758-5341
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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