An examination of the leisure involvement-agency commitment relationship

Gerard T. Kyle, Andrew J. Mowen

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Building from the existing literature, we tested a model suggesting that leisure involvement is an antecedent of commitment to a public leisure service provider (N = 860). Leisure involvement was conceptualized as a multidimensional construct consisting of attraction, centrality, and self-expression. Agency commitment was also conceptualized as multidimensional construct consisting of five components; place identity, place dependence, affective attachment, value congruence, and social bonding. The analyses offered partial support for our hypothesized model. Place dependence and affective attachment were positively influenced by attraction, whereas place identity and value congruence were positively influenced by self-expression. Finally, social bonding was positively influenced by self-expression and centrality, but negatively influenced by attraction. This work adds to a growing body of empirical work suggesting that individuals progress though a developmental process where involvement with a leisure activity leads to the development of specific service preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-363
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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