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Recreation and Leisure Studies
REC 100
Diana Parry

REC 100- October 9, 2012 (TUES) Leisure Across the LifeSpan Leisure and the Life Course • Leisures role as we go through lifes various stages • What do we know about adult leisure leisure participation, in general? • A person’s leisure reaches a peak during early adulthood, and then begins the de- cline • Our desire for familiar leisure pursuits is greatest in infancy and old age Change and continuity • In types of activities • infrequencies of activity participation • in leisure motivations • In textbook: a 4 phase approach to change and continuity preparation, establishment, maturity, culmination phases. Leisure benefits for adults physiological benefits • • social benefits • relaxation benefits • educational benefits • Psychological benefits (finding yourself) • Aesthetic benefits (the appreciation of beauty through art dance etc..) Life stages Life is a series of connected stages • • The age we go through the stages varies, but most of us do go through them A 25 undergrad may have more in common with a 25 graduate student... • • If we follow the traditional pattern of working, marrying, and having a family • Slowed progress through stages • Why? • People are getting high education • Delaying life..getting married, kids... Stages versus Age... • Current life stage is better indicator of our leisure lifestyle than is age • Early stage=18-35 • Middle=35-50 • Late=50-65 • Older=65 and older The progression through early adulthood • Transition into adulthood can be gradual or abrupt • Baby at 16? Abrupt... • Several events during this stage • Searching for personal identity • “The trying 20s” • number of deciosions • impact of decisions • Finding a mate is a priority, although single life is more accepted today • Being a couple changes one’s leisure (from single to couple) • Canadian marriages • Overall the Average rate of marriages in Canada is going down ((NB)) • Average age at marriage going up • 1960/early 70s-Men ( ,years), Women( years) • 2008-Men ( years), Women( years) Marriage rates in Canada 1921-2008 • Average number of epople getting married going down • common law unions fastest growing type of family (5.6% in 1981, 13.8% in 2006, 16.7 % in 2011) • “Nothing changes one’s leisure lifestyle more than the arrival of the first child” • Roughly 17.5% of the population are choosing not to have children • Who is having kids? • Canadian trends: • 43% of couples had children • More people are trying to live child free • 2001-no (women)6%, (men) 9% • 2006-”no” (women)17% (men)18% • In the Us: • 1976:10% • 2006:20% • 1976-13.1 kids • 2006-1.5 kids For the child-free leisure becomes.. • More coupled focused • Time, Money, and Freedom to pursue leisure • “Keep up with friends and enjoy your independence” For those with children, leisure becomes... • Social activities often become more home and neighborhood focused • As children become involved in organized programs...this may become leisure for par- ents as well • individual and couple activities decline • can be accompanied by a decline in marital satisfaction • Most common time when we see divorce • Some turn to materialism as a means of demonstrating their achievements (work as much as possible to make money) • Career development also a focus • Vital to long term success • Family and leisure suffer-guilt • guilty if they work too much • “finding balance” • begin exercise
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