Presentation Title

Leisure Activity and Affect Scales

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Psychology

Mentor

Donna Viveiros

Date & Time

April 9th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

Abstract

Physical leisure activities, e.g., participation in sports, have been shown to reduce the severity of depression and anxiety and to improve life satisfaction in college students and adults (e.g., Maher, Doersken, Elavsky, Hyde, Pincus, Ram, and Conroy, 2012 and Martinsen, 2008). Contrarily, sedentary leisure activities, e.g., watching television, have been shown to increase anxiety and depression and reduce life satisfaction (Maher, Doersken, Elavsky, and Conroy, 2014). Dedication to leisure activity is a measurement of time spent on, thus level of involvement with, a leisure activity. This level of involvement is not well-studied in the above effects but may be an important, if not the most important factor, in all of these effects. This project will examine the role of leisure activity dedication as well as specific personality characteristics in self-reported depression, anxiety, and satisfaction with life by having 180 Keene State College Students fill out a leisure activity questionnaire, the NEO Personality Inventory, Beck’s Depression Inventory, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. It is expected that those with high dedication to leisure activity will have lower scores on depression and anxiety and higher satisfaction with life.

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Apr 9th, 11:30 AM

Leisure Activity and Affect Scales

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

Physical leisure activities, e.g., participation in sports, have been shown to reduce the severity of depression and anxiety and to improve life satisfaction in college students and adults (e.g., Maher, Doersken, Elavsky, Hyde, Pincus, Ram, and Conroy, 2012 and Martinsen, 2008). Contrarily, sedentary leisure activities, e.g., watching television, have been shown to increase anxiety and depression and reduce life satisfaction (Maher, Doersken, Elavsky, and Conroy, 2014). Dedication to leisure activity is a measurement of time spent on, thus level of involvement with, a leisure activity. This level of involvement is not well-studied in the above effects but may be an important, if not the most important factor, in all of these effects. This project will examine the role of leisure activity dedication as well as specific personality characteristics in self-reported depression, anxiety, and satisfaction with life by having 180 Keene State College Students fill out a leisure activity questionnaire, the NEO Personality Inventory, Beck’s Depression Inventory, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. It is expected that those with high dedication to leisure activity will have lower scores on depression and anxiety and higher satisfaction with life.