PRIMARY CAREGIVING FATHERS PERCEPTIONS OF LEISURE Rebecca J. Hall, B.S. Thesis Prepared for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS May 2004 APPROVED: Laura Valerius, Major Professor John Collins, Jr., Committee Member Jan Hodges, Committee Member Arminta Jacobson, Committee Member Jeff Goodwin, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation M. Jean Keller, Dean of the College of Education Sandra L. Terrell, Interim Dean of the Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies UMI Number: 1419732 ________________________________________________________ UMI Microform 1419732 Copyright 2004 by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights reserved. This microform edition is protected against unauthorized copying under Title 17, United States Code. ____________________________________________________________ ProQuest Information and Learning Company 300 North Zeeb Road PO Box 1346 Ann Arbor, MI 481061346 Hall, Rebecca, Primary Caregiving Fathers Perceptions of Leisure. Master of Science (Kinesiology), May 2004, 100 pp., 8 tables, references, 36 titles. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact the primary caregiving role had on mens perceptions of leisure. The Assessment of Leisure and Recreation Involvement (Ragheb, 2002) was used to examine mens leisure. Twentyfive stayathome dad groups were solicited via email; 81 men submitted usable responses to an online survey. Respondents considered themselves the primary caregiver for children in the household and at least one child was younger than 12. Descriptive data were collected about the experience of being a primary caregiving father, demographics, and how the caregiving role affects the mens perceptions of leisure. Caregiving fathers in the sample resembled the perceptions of many primary caregiving mothers. Perhaps the caregiving role, rather than gender, is a more distinct variable explaining perceptions of leisure by parents.