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Special Focus: Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries

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Abstract:

The amount and quality of leisure time is important for people's well‐being for the direct satisfaction it brings. Additionally, leisure, taken in certain ways, is important for physical and mental health. Leisure also contributes to the well‐being of people other than the person directly enjoying leisure. When a person engages in leisure, the benefits gained are shared with others in a multitude of ways, including improvements in personal relationships, family functioning, and in terms of creation of social capital networks (at least from some types of shared leisure). Leisure time patterns across the OECD therefore warrant investigation as an important part of social monitoring.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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