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The Leisure Activities of the Middle-Aged

Robert J. Havighurst
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Sep., 1957), pp. 152-162
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2773901
Page Count: 11
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The Leisure Activities of the Middle-Aged
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Abstract

This is a study of the psychological significance of leisure activities to men and women in the age range forty to seventy. A set of 19 "significance variables" is defined and used as bases for rating scales in analyzing the two favorite leisure activities of each member of the sample of adults for the Kansas City Study of Adult Life. In addition, their content is classified in eleven categories. Age, sex, and social status are more closely related to content of leisure than they are to significance. On the other hand, personal adjustment and social mobility are more closely related to the significance of leisure than to its content.

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