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Recreation Theory and Philosophy

Guide created for Recreation Leadership Course with Dan Caston.


Work is defined as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

Leisure is defined as a freedom provided by the cessation of activities especially : time free from work or duties.

Work and Leisure Relationships

Spillover: Research has found positive relationships between work and leisure, such that people choose leisure activities involving the same psychological, social, and behavioral skills as their work.

Compensation: Other studies argue, negative relationship with individuals sometimes compensating for work deficiencies through leisure activities. For e.g. individuals with low occupational status are more likely to stress the importance of prize-winning in leisure than individuals with high status.

Segmentation: Work and leisure are independent and has no relationship.



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