Journal of Leisure Research (J LEISURE RES )


The Journal of Leisure Research is devoted to original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of leisure studies. Studies that do not clearly focus on leisure or recreation (i.e., do not use leisure or recreation as a central construct) are not suitable for the Journal. Empirical reports and review papers as well as theoretical and methodological articles are accepted for review. Commentary, rejoinders and other critical papers are also accepted. Book reviews are typically invited but unsolicited book reviews are considered.

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    ABSTRACT: Mothers play important roles in treating childhood obesity including facilitating physically active leisure. The purpose of this study was to explore mothers’ perceptions of roles they perform and experiences they have with facilitating physical activity for their child who was overweight. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with 34 mothers participating in a Pediatric Lifestyle Management program, and case notes were kept during one-on-one leisure education meetings with participants. Findings indicated that mothers perceived roles as or facilitated physical activity by modelling, co-participating, verbally encouraging, offering tangible support, and assisting with interest exploration. Factors influencing their roles included mothers’ health, knowledge of child’s interests, divergent family interests, lack of time, concern for the child’s experience, and support from others.
    Journal of Leisure Research 06/2014; 46(4):395–418.
  • Journal of Leisure Research 01/2014; 46(3):291-312.
  • Journal of Leisure Research 01/2014; 42(2):165-183.
  • Journal of Leisure Research 01/2014; In Press.
  • Journal of Leisure Research 01/2014; 46(2):153-164.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores strategies employed by amateur triathletes engaged in serious leisure to negotiate leisure constraints. In-depth interviews were conducted with 21 Australian triathletes, revealing a range of negotiation strategies used to adapt to or alleviate constraints. In particular, triathletes accepted the likelihood of opportunity costs, were pragmatic about their performance and used a self-determined hierarchy of importance to make leisure/non-leisure decisions. They engaged in planning and time management, endeavored to communicate and cooperate with significant others, were opportunistic and flexible with training, and employed discipline props to maintain participation. Their participation was cyclical in nature, with periods of intense involvement before events. Cognitive and behavioral negotiation strategies were interconnected, suggesting implications for physical activity programs and interventions. Keywords: Constraint negotiation; serious leisure; competing priorities; triathlon
    Journal of Leisure Research 07/2013; 45(4):466-484.
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    ABSTRACT: As a freely chosen activity intended to generate pleasure and enjoyment, sex is an important human experience associated with a sense of “normality” and well-being. However, depression and antidepressants are typically associated with decreased libido and diminished sexual functioning. Drawing upon netnography and constructivist grounded theory, this study explored how sex is perceived and experienced by people with depression who participate in on-line depression communities. Analysis identified five themes dealing with sex, antidepressants, relationships, loving oneself and others, and sex as a resource for coping. Demonstrating that sex loses its qualities as a leisure activity, the findings suggested a complex and multidimensional paradox of sex as leisure in coping with depression, which involves not only individuals with depression but also their significant others.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2013; 45(1):47-73.
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored girlfriend getaways (all-women leisure-based travel), focusing on the importance and meaning of such experiences and their potential contribution to women’s overall well-being. Data collection involved 11 focus groups and 15 individual interviews, resulting in a sample of 83 women from diverse backgrounds. The data were analyzed using constructivist grounded theory. The threads evident in the link between girlfriend getaways and well-being can be classified into four interrelated domains: escapism, different gender dynamics, existential authenticity, and empowerment. The women particularly noted a sense of freedom from social structures and gendered expectations. Links are made to feminist scholarship in leisure and tourism studies, and attention is drawn to the importance of all-women localized leisure spaces for empowerment and well-being.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2013; 45(5):602-623.