ERIC Number: ED384467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Making the Connection between Leisure and At-Risk Youth in Today's Society.
The sociology of leisure provides a rich and long-standing research tradition in deviant leisure activity. Leisure and recreation experiences are the product, not of a single system, but of the interaction among systems, none of which separately seems to effectively treat the family and its members. The need for recreational group activities is common to all youth; yet a lack of recreational alternatives results in negative pathological pursuits. In addition, negative leisure lifestyles of parents, such as smoking, drinking, drug use, and recreational sex, put children at risk. Recreation and war are inextricably linked. The idea that war is a game persists even today, in part because war is an outlet for man's inherent aggression. Technology has made physical activity less necessary in life, creating a physically unfit population. The prisons contain hundreds of thousands of individuals who lack any sense of recreational alternatives. Tentative evidence suggests that unemployed people tend to reduce the time spent on social activities outside of the home and increase their passive, solitary, home-based pursuits. The entertainment industry has not shown much discretion to its young audience in terms of nutrition, cigarette smoking, violence, or exercise. Children seem to have less support from schools, church, and home for their moral development. Recreational professionals must understand these social issues surrounding today's youth. (KS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Alternatives to Incarceration: Prevention or Treatment. Monograph on Youth in the 1990s. Issue #4; see RC 020 167.