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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Couple leisure time: Building bonds early in marriage through leisure
by Chavez, Joy, M.S., Utah State University, 2015, 135; 1586601
Abstract (Summary)

Participation in couple leisure is related to marital satisfaction as well as lower divorce rates; however, Americans seem to have less time available to participate in couple leisure and may have a harder time attaining role balance. There is currently limited research about how role balance may affect leisure as well as how couples manage to balance their leisure time with their other responsibilities, ensuring they have time to spend together in high interaction leisure. We also know very little about other possible benefits couples may experience as a result of participating in couple leisure and the factors that may either facilitate or constrain positive leisure. Using a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis, and informed by symbolic interaction theory, I interviewed nine couples in order to explore the phenomenon of newlywed couple leisure, and address these issues. Couples found significant benefits and meaning through participation in couple leisure activities. They also perceived that participation in leisure together increased satisfaction with their marriages. Many factors were found to constrain or facilitate a positive leisure experience, including time, money, and others. It was found that role balance plays a large part in finding time to participate in leisure as a couple. Being able to role balance helped couples to better enjoy the benefits and meaning couple leisure provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piercy, Kathleen W.
Commitee: Nelson, Dennis, Robinson, W. David
School: Utah State University
Department: Family, Consumer and Human Development
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Recreation
Keywords: Couple leisure, Joint leisure, Leisure, Marital satisfaction, Marriage, Recreation
Publication Number: 1586601
ISBN: 978-1-321-68527-5
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