Building resilience to stress through leisure activities : a qualitative analysis

DENOVAN, Andrew and MACASKILL, Ann (2016). Building resilience to stress through leisure activities : a qualitative analysis. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-21.

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Stress is prevalent in modern society and coping strategies largely determine well-being. A qualitative investigation of leisure as a positive coping response to stress was undertaken using a resilience-based perspective. This approach enabled a focus on competencies and strengths in the stress-leisure-coping process, contributing to the sparse literature in this area. In-depth interviews were conducted with a sample of eight participants. From a thematic analysis three overall themes emerged: leisure as a buffer of stress, the relationship between negative and positive emotions and leisure, and benefits of leisure for coping with stress. The findings demonstrate how leisure facilitates a sense of resilience and its preventative functions. The results are discussed in relation to relevant theoretical propositions concerning the role of positive emotion in coping. In particular, the broaden-and-build theory provided a meaningful framework for suggesting how leisure and positive emotions acted in tandem to develop psychosocial resources over time.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/11745398.2016.1211943
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 21:13

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