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Reducing latent deprivation during unemployment: the role of meaningful leisure activity

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posted on 2002-03-01, 00:00 authored by L Waters, Kathleen Moore
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of meaningful leisure activity in reducing latent deprivation during unemployment. Samples of unemployed (N=201) and employed (N=128) participants were asked to rate their levels of latent deprivation using the Access to Categories of Experience Scale. They were also asked to complete the Profile of Mood States depression subscale, Adult Self-Perception Profile, Meaningful Leisure Activities Questionnaire, and to rate the frequency with which they engaged in social and solitary leisure activities. Results indicate that unemployed participants engaged in social leisure activities less frequently than employed participants and solitary leisure activities more frequently; and they reported higher perceived latent deprivation, higher depressive affect and lower self-esteem. Overall, these findings suggest that participation in leisure activities that are meaningful, rather than simply frequent, may be a constructive and readily achievable coping response during unemployment.

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Journal

Journal of occupational and organizational psychology

Volume

75

Issue

pt.1

Pagination

15 - 32

Publisher

British Psychological Society

Location

Leicester, England

ISSN

0963-1798

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2002, British Psychological Society

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