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Towards a Model of Optimal Family Leisure
Annals of Leisure Research (2015)
  • Keri Schwab, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Daniel Dustin, University of Utah
Towards a model of optimal family leisure Keri A. Schwaba and Daniel L. Dustin Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA; bDepartment of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Leisure is an important component of family life, yet many families struggle to focus on or participate in family leisure. This study examined the structural characteristics of family life that can impede or promote family leisure. Employing a systems perspective, a literature-based model of family leisure was created, and in-depth interview data were gathered from three families to compare to the model. Results indicated that while the content of the families’ leisure varied, their leisure shared similar organizational properties; the need to negotiate constraints, increase focused interactions and decrease fragmented interactions to achieve higher-quality family leisure. The paper concludes with a discussion of the study’s relevance to the existing family leisure literature, a description of a simplified model of optimal family leisure functioning based on the study’s
  • family leisure,
  • systems theory,
  • recreation,
  • systems modeling,
  • parent-child recreation,
  • youth development
Publication Date
Winter February, 2015
Citation Information
Keri Schwab and Daniel Dustin. "Towards a Model of Optimal Family Leisure" Annals of Leisure Research (2015)
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