Studying family leisure from a systems perspective

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Health
Department Parks Recreation & Tourism
Author Schwab, Keri Ann
Title Studying family leisure from a systems perspective
Date 2011-08
Description Family leisure often occurs in ways that do not result in families accruing the suggested benefits of leisure. This study sought to examine the interactions that occur during family leisure and how such interactions might influence desired outcomes. Research was conducted from a systems perspective that looked at whole family interactions. Methods for this research included creating a literature review based model of family leisure, gathering interview data from three families, creating models for each family's leisure, and running simulations to examine how changes among elements might impact outcomes. This research found some support for interactions in the initial literature review model, but not for the entire model. Rather, results indicated that families may experience unique elements during their leisure, but that the need to negotiate constraints, increase focused interactions, and decrease fragmented interactions were constant among all families in this study. These findings resulted in a simplified model of family leisure. Finally, simulations provided some insight into the influence specific elements may have on family leisure. The study ended with a simplified model of family leisure, recommendations for practitioners, and suggestions for future research.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Family; Leisure; Recreation; Systems
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Keri Ann Schwab 2011
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 1,325,999 bytes
Identifier us-etd3,55294
Source original in Marriott Library Special Collections ; HQ5.5 2011 .S38
ARK ark:/87278/s69w0w8m
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2012-04-24
Date Modified 2018-03-15
ID 194521
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