This article describes current knowledge about adolescent leisure. Although not the specific focus of the article, a global perspective is taken. Leisure is first defined, including a discussion of serious and casual leisure. Adolescent leisure is then discussed in terms of the Leisure Activities-Context-Experience (LACE) model. This discussion includes a description of adolescent time use, activity involvement (both structured and unstructured activities are discussed), the importance of contextual factors, and various experiences and affective states associated with adolescent leisure. A discussion of developmental outcomes associated with adolescent leisure comes next, followed by a description of how leisure can be both a context of risk and a context for health promotion. Factors or situations that may constrain adolescents from participating in desired leisure activities are then described. Finally, a brief discussion of the role of parents in facilitating or inhibiting adolescent leisure is provided.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Adolescence|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 2011|
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