Purchase Solution

Theories relating to boredom leisure

Not what you're looking for?

Ask Custom Question

What is the theoretical background conceptualizing leisure boredom and its related satisfaction?

Purchase this Solution

Solution Preview

Boredom is often linked to leisure and maladaptive habits such as substance abuse, smoking or leisure gambling (Wright and Moore, 1982; Wolfgang, 1988; Smith and Caldwell, 1989). The term leisure is derived from the Latin word licere, meaning being free (Edginton et al, 1998). It can be conceptualized as a state of being separate from work and school (Dare et al, 1987), and is not only thought of as being the opportunity for relaxation, but also for complexity, excitement and novelty. (Edginton et al, 1998). Feeling bored in leisure time, or leisure boredom has received increasing attention in the field of psychosocial research because it was suggested that satisfaction in leisure time, rather at work, was more profoundly linked to quality of life (London et al, 1977; Environics, 1989; Day and Alon, 1993).

Boredom has been studied for a long time. A very early conceptualization of boredom emerged from psychoanalysis. It conceptualizes boredom as a "gradually increasing feeling of paralysis... which is felt as unpleasant through the feeling of emptiness,... an affective reaction to a remaining unsatisfied and steadily increasing striving, dominant in the psyche but moderated from within" (Luypen,1953, p.172). Later on, more testable theories of boredom emerged (Csilszentmihalyi, 1975, O'Hanlon, 1981). The Optimal Arousal perspective (Iso-Ahola, 1980) and the theory of Intrinsic Motivation (Deci and Ryan, 1986) are among prevailing theories that have been used to conceptualize boredom and its relationship to leisure and related satisfaction.

From the ...

Purchase this Solution

Free BrainMass Quizzes
Brain and behaviour

Reviews areas of the brain involved in specific behaviours. This information is important for introductory psychology courses.

How can you tell if your loved one is suicidal?

This is a small quiz to help determine if a loved one is suicidal and what steps should be taken to help stop suicide.

The Psychology of Sleep

This quiz is to check your understanding of the sleep-related part of psychology.

Common Characteristics of Qualitative Methods

This quiz evaluates the common characteristics seen in qualitative methodology.

Motion Perception

This quiz will help students test their understanding of the differences between the types of motion perception, as well as the understanding of their underlying mechanisms.