Leisure Activities

Publication Title: 
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

The objective of this study was to systematically review the effectiveness of different types of regular leisure-time physical activities and pooled the effect sizes of those activities on long-term glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes compared with routine care. This review included randomized controlled trials from 1960 to May 2014. A total of 10 Chinese and English databases were searched, following selection and critical appraisal, 18 randomized controlled trials with 915 participants were included.

Pai, Lee-Wen
Li, Tsai-Chung
Hwu, Yueh-Juen
Chang, Shu-Chuan
Chen, Li-li
Chang, Pi-Ying
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergotherapie

BACKGROUND: Empirical studies on occupation as a determinant of health could be advanced with research incorporating biological measures of health. Telomere length and telomerase function are promising biomarkers of the interaction of genetics, lifestyle, and behaviour; however, they have not been used in occupational therapy research. PURPOSE: This paper reviews current evidence on the role of physical and mindfulness activities in sustaining telomeres. The findings are applied to the study of occupation, health, and aging.

To-Miles, Flora Y. L.
Backman, Catherine L.
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Utilizing data from the nationwide Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), this paper analyzes health lifestyles in Russia. Heavy alcohol use and smoking, a high-fat diet, and lack of leisure-time exercise are the principal culprits in fostering high rates of heart disease and other causes of premature mortality. This is especially the situation for middle-age, working-class males whose mortality is greater than any other segment of society.

Cockerham, W. C.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Sexual Behavior

From 5469 participants of a sexual inquiry in the German Democratic Republic, 90 homosexual and 107 heterosexual women and men were selected, aged 16-30. A comparison was made concerning aspects of leisure time and sexual life. Some differences appear with regard to leisure time between homosexual and heterosexual women and men. The importance of love and sexuality is as great for young homosexuals as it is for young heterosexuals, but the mode and quantity of their specific sexual activities differ.

Warczok, R.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

This study focused on the behavioral aspect of love, with a purpose of explicating routine behaviors associated with love. A 37-item Love Behaviors Scale was created to explicate those behaviors indicative of expressing love towards a romantic partner. Analysis of the resulting factor matrix yielded a reliable five-factor structure of the behaviors--Mutual Activity, Special Occasion, Offerings, Selfless, Sacrifices. Although both genders considered the behaviors to be love-related, women placed greater emphasis on the behaviors than men.

Lemieux, R.
Publication Title: 
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Romantic relationships are important in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this study was to explore dating and romantic relationships among these adults and to identify the nature and extent of interpersonal violence in their relationships. A random sample of 47 women and men participated in semistructured interviews. The authors found that relationships sounded very typical of people without disabilities, but their time together was more limited than they wanted.

Ward, Karen M.
Bosek, Rebecca L.
Trimble, Erin L.
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin

In Western societies, women are considered more adept than men at expressing love in romantic relationships. Although scholars have argued that this view of love gives short shrift to men's ways of showing love (e.g., Cancian, 1986; Noller, 1996), the widely embraced premise that men and women "love differently" has rarely been examined empirically. Using data collected at four time points over 13 years of marriage, the authors examined whether love is associated with different behaviors for husbands and wives.

Schoenfeld, Elizabeth A.
Bredow, Carrie A.
Huston, Ted L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Youth development programs, such as the Boy Scouts of America, aim to develop positive attributes in youth (e.g., character virtues, prosocial behaviors, and positive civic actions), which are necessary for individuals and societies to flourish. However, few developmental studies have focused on how specific positive attributes develop through participation in programs such as the Boy Scouts of America.

Wang, Jun
Ferris, Kaitlyn A.
Hershberg, Rachel M.
Lerner, Richard M.
Publication Title: 
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

AIM: The purpose of this study was to illuminate the experiences of older adults' return to leisure activities, following rehabilitation, post-stroke. METHOD: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the experiences of re-engaging in leisure occupations post-stroke. In-depth interviews were conducted with five community-dwelling individuals (three men, two women) aged 68-74 years who had experienced a stroke in the past year. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

O'Sullivan, Clare
Chard, Gill
Publication Title: 
Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

OBJECTIVES: This pilot study investigates the psychological impact on doctors of a complaint to the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission and the doctor's perception of legal risk. METHOD: Doctors who received a complaint were sent a set of questionnaires embracing psychological variables and their perceptions of legal risk. RESULTS: The response rate was 60%. Thirty-eight per cent of respondents met screening criteria for psychiatric disorder. There was, however, minimal functional impairment of work, social or family life.

Nash, Louise
Curtis, Bradley
Walton, Merrilyn
Willcock, Simon
Tennant, Christopher


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