ERIC Number: ED336355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Understanding the Function of Leisure within an Individual.
Crabtree, Robert D.
Leisure is a multi-faceted concept, the definition of which varies according to the presuppositions of the individual. It may be conceived of as a term pertaining to a single individual or a whole society. Leisure is commonly defined in terms of time, activities, or state of mind. The way in which leisure is viewed significantly affects the planning and formation of recreation programs. When leisure is defined as "time" or "activities," program planning lacks the specific needs of individuals. Leisure defined as "state of mind" brings planning to the level of individual needs, but the dynamics of how leisure activities affect individuals is not present. Therefore, program planning remains frustrating. This article examines some common characteristics of leisure within each individual. With these commonalities, the utilization of leisure as it pertains to the individual gives guidelines to predict needs, behaviors, perceptions, or motivations in the services offered. With this new perspective, planning, organizing, and evaluating leisure programs should become more effective for all administrators and participants. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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