Adolescents’ choice and pursuit of their most important and interesting leisure activities

Atara Sivan*, Vicky Tam, Gertrude Po Kwan Siu, Robert Stebbins

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This study investigated the choice and pursuit of adolescents’ most important and interesting leisure activity. It is underpinned by the concept of serious leisure, recent perceptions of seriousness as a continuum and calls for incorporating contextual elements of serious activity pursuit. A questionnaire survey was administered to 832 students from 10 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Students were asked to nominate leisure activity that they regarded as most important and interesting as well as to complete an adapted version of the Serious Leisure Inventory and Measure (SLIM). Results showed the popularity of sports and performance and graphic arts activities and of psychological reasons for activity choice. There were variations in activity choice between boys and girls and across schools as well as across levels of seriousness in activity pursuit. The study adds to the scant knowledge of adolescents’ serious leisure and enhances understanding of motives for and meanings of serious engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-113
Number of pages16
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number1
Early online date29 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

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

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • education
  • Hong Kong
  • secondary school
  • serious leisure


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