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Recreation and Leisure Studies
REC 100
Diana Parry

Leisure Socialization and Serious Leisure Recreation and Leisure Studies 100 Thursday October 13, 2011 Leisure Socialization  What is it? The process through which an individual acquires basic skills and knowledge about leisure and recreation “Ideal” = socially and psychologically rewarding leisure behavior  People engaged in pursuits in their leisure time that is both socially and psychologically beneficial Leisure socialization is a life-long process  There are certain times in our lives that are more important o Childhood and university are very important University is an important period  Exposed to new people, new activities, new pursuits, new choices Imitation, modeling, identifying with the behaviour of others  Key people around is influence us (who we identify with send us messages about what’s new, exciting, appropriate/inappropriate, and we model this behaviour) o Called social agents Social Agents Who are they?  We decide who we want to “imitate”/model after and accept messages from  Can be anyone: siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, parents, etc. Convey what is acceptable and unacceptable leisure behavior  Convey this sometimes knowingly as well as sometimes unintentionally Adopted values are not permanent  Willing to change (ex. smoking is prohibited growing up, but roommate smokes and you take up that activity as well)  Depends on where we are in our lives, what we do in our leisure, and who we’re exposed to Parents and children often clash - “we don’t do that in this house”  When we change, it can lead to clashes (ex. family disagreements) Research on Social Agents The influence of social agents can fluctuate over a short period of time Examples? o A coach you played under for a few months has an influence on how you play the game o A camp counsellor has an influence on activities you do o Influential speaker that comes to one of your lectures and has a profound influence on you Social agents operate jointly  Typically not just 1 speaker, coach, or counsellor, but we look at different ones jointly o When 1 isn’t working out for us or our values change, we look to someone else to fill that gap At least initially, family has the strongest impact on our leisure behavior  Family is are our strongest social agent because we spend the most time with them  Instil our reading, TV, sports, etc. habits (where we learn out leisure behaviour) Positive Effect of Leisure Participation & Social Agent’s Roles Increased Self-Concept Psychological Adjustment However, depends on …. Social agents and their support Individual’s developmental stage  If we’re really young or really old, that is linked to how much influence our social agents have on us Leisure and Self-Concept Koocher’s Study Purpose: To determine the impact that learning a new skill has on one’s self-concept Location: YMCA Camp Participants: Boys 7-15 Activity: Swimming Study Design: Pre-test, Post-test  He assessed the boys self-concept (pre-test) before the camp  Intervention: swimming lessons (divided boys into 3 different groups) st o 1 group: boys that already knew had to swim so didn’t take lessons o 2 group: boys that didn’t know how to swim so took swimming lessons and passed the test at the end of the camp o 3 group: boys that didn’t know how to swim so took swimming lessons and failed the test at the end of the camp  Post-test: measure the boys’ self-concepts to see if any change has taken place Significance of findings  Boys who took the swimming lessons and passed the test had the biggest increase in self-concept (even more so than the boys that already knew how to swim) Furthermore, those who have a wide variety and number of skills have a higher self-concept than those who possess only a few skills - additive effect of repeated successes  We all have things that we like to do and feel good when we are successful at them  If we try and try at several things and fail repeatedly, it can have devastating effects on our self- concept o We need to find things we’re good at that we can excel at The influence of social agents  Social agents play a huge role in reinforcing our success (making us feel successful with encouragement, positive response improves/reinforces our sense of success) Leisure and Psychological Adjustment Caldwell’s study @ Penstate university Purpose: To determine if some forms of leisure behaviour among college students are more positively related to psychological adjustment than others  Do the pursuits we pick directly impact our psychological adjustment? Psychological adjustment = “perceived health” (physical, mental, social health) Participants: Undergraduate students Method: Activity inventory in which students assessed their own physical, social, and mental health Results: Life satisfaction, leisure satisfaction  There is a really strong link between leisure satisfaction and life satisfaction Significance of findings: If leisure socialization (social agents) has exposed you to a number of different types of activities, then more psychologically adjusted (more healthy in mental, social, and physical
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