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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Sport and Leisure Studies

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Recent research on leisure constraints proposes that leisure participation is not dependent on the absence of constraints, but rather on the ability to negotiate through them. This alternative view not only identifies the various effects that the negotiation process may have on leisure participation, but recognizes the role of the individual in controlling their leisure behaviors. The purpose of this study was to expand this concept by identifying individual factors that may facilitate or inhibit the negotiation process. Specifically, this study examined the influence of perceived self-competence, activity importance, the absence of perceived barriers, and various demographic factors on adolescent leisure participation. Results of this study will be presented along with theoretical implications and recommendations for future research. This paper will conclude with a discussion of the practical implications for service providers and activity programmers with the goal of helping adolescents develop a pattern of leisure behavior that will contribute positively to their development and well-being.


Activities; Adolescent; Barriers; Competence; Exploring; Importance; Influence; Leisure; Negotiation; Participation; Perceived; Potential

Controlled Subject

Recreation; Kinesiology; Physical education and training

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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