A mixed-method analysis of free-time involvement and motivation among adolescents in cape Town, South Africa

Lori Ann Palen, Linda L. Caldwell, Edward A. Smith, Sarah L. Gleeson, Megan E. Patrickd

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Abstract

Using focus group (N = 114) and survey (N = 946) data, this study employed selfdetermination theory (SDT) as an organizing framework to examine free-time use and motivation among predominantly mixed-race adolescents from one area in South Africa. Adolescents reported participating in a broad range of activities, with socializing, media use, sports, risk behaviour and performing arts being the most frequently mentioned. All of the motivation types proposed by SDT were spontaneously mentioned by focus group participants. Free time was most strongly characterized by intrinsic motivations, such as competence, relatedness and positive affect. Activities were also seen as a way to achieve outside goals. With few exceptions, multiple motivations were identified for the same activities, and specific motivations were reported across multiple activity types. The findings suggest that positive motivational experiences were not limited to a specific subset of activities. However, future longitudinal research on participation, motivation and outcomes is needed to determine the developmental implications of different forms of free-time motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-252
Number of pages26
JournalLeisure/ Loisir
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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