Multiple Generation Families in Oklahoma and Their Perceptions of Leisure

Jay D. Post, Emily A. McKenzie, Cristina Ruiz Andreu, Jessica Kincannon


The purpose of this study was to examine the similarities and differences in choices of leisure within three generations between four families in Oklahoma. Kelly’s (1982) Leisure Choices Paradigm was utilized to guide the analysis of individuals’ perception of freedom and social meaning for their pursuits. The family seems to have an influence on whether someone will be socially or intrinsically/independently motivated in their leisure activities. The majority of an individual’s activities are self-introduced or introduced by a family member rather than a completely external group. More noteworthy, was that each age group has patterns of social interaction during leisure. Individuals who are 18 to 22 years old are more inclined to participate in intrinsic/independent activities. Individuals who are 32-50 years old are more inclined to participate in family-oriented activities. Individuals who are 58 years old and older are more balanced in participating in intrinsic and social activities.

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