The relationship of leisure activities and perceived health of college students

Linda L. Caldwell, Edward A. Smith, Ellen Weissinger

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This exploratory study examines the relationship of general health and general leisure participation variables, as well as overall life satisfaction, among 525 college undergraduates. Additionally, the study looks at the relationship between specific types of leisure participation and their relationship with health variables, including social, physical, and emotional health. The sample was comprised of college undergraduates from three universities. Data were analyzed using zero order correlations and regression analyses. Overall, the data suggested that participation in leisure activities among college students is beneficial from a number of perspectives. Not only is participation associated with general contentment regarding the use of free time, but specific types of leisure activities are also associated with higher levels of perceived physical, mental, and social health. The implications for these findings are discussed, and a potential need for leisure education among college students is addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-556
Number of pages12
JournalLoisir et Societe
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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