Title

The Influence of Self-Expansion on Pop-Star Fans’ Leisure Constraints, Commitment, Involvement and Future Intention

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-21-2019

Publication Title

Leisure/Loisir

First page number:

1

Last page number:

23

Abstract

Fans follow pop-stars as an extension of them and exhibit commitment to participate in pop-star-related activities given existing leisure constraints. This study identified self-expansion as an important characteristic of fans to offset perceived constraints, thus increasing fans’ participation in pop-star’s activities. A conceptual framework was developed to predict pop-star fans’ intention to participate in pop-star’s activities, employing the concepts of self-expansion, commitment, involvement and leisure constraints. Surveys of Korean pop-star fans (n = 393) were analyzed with structural equation modelling. Results revealed that fans’ commitment had a significant impact on leisure activity participation. Furthermore, fans’ inherent motivation for self-expansion was a critical factor in alleviating perceived leisure constraints, which enabled them to participate in leisure events. This study contributes to the literature by offering a new perspective on the role of fans’ psychological characteristics in decreasing leisure constraints. Meaningful recommendations for destination marketers include addressing fans’ unique characteristics and behaviours.

Keywords

Self-expansion; Commitment; Leisure constraints; Involvement; Fan; Pop culture tourism

Disciplines

Hospitality Administration and Management | Personality and Social Contexts | Tourism and Travel

Language

English

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