Does leisure time moderate or mediate the effect of daily stress on positve affect? An examination using eight-day diary data

Xinyi Lisa Qian, Careen M. Yarnal, David M. Almeida

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Abstract

This study tested the applicability of moderation and mediation models to leisure time as a stress-coping resource. Analyzing eight-day diary data (N=2,022), we examined the within-person process of using leisure time to cope with daily stressors. We found that relatively high daily stress frequency, while reducing positive affect, prompted an individual to allocate more time to leisure than usual, which then increased positive affect, thus partially remedying the damage by high daily stress frequency. This within-person process, however, is significantly stronger among those with less leisure time on average than leisure-rich individuals. The findings support a partial counteractive mediation model, demonstrate between-person difference in the within-person coping process, and reveal the importance of positive affect as a coping outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-124
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Volume46
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 4 2014

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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