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Young Peoples Views about Opportunities, Barriers and Supports to Recreation and Leisure

Document type: Grey Literature
Document language: English
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Authors: Dr Aine De Roiste
Journal Name/Article: National Children's Office, Ireland
Published on Date: 2005
Abstract: This study was commissioned in the context of policy development in the field of young people’s recreation and leisure. It set out to determine: n What do young Irish people do in their free time? n What are the barriers and supports they experience? n What are their aspirations with regard to recreation and leisure? Leisure time activities comprise between 40-50% of an adolescent's life (Caldwell et al, 1992). Adolescence is a formative, transitional period from childhood to adulthood. It is a time of identity development and major adjustment for young people to changes within themselves and their social lives. International research has shown that leisure involvement enhances self-concept, identity and social and emotional development, including the development of initiative and resilience to cope with the demands and stresses of life (Driver, 1992; Dworkin et al, 2003). Leisure involvement fosters a sense of belonging in a community or locality, and may also address specific developmental needs of adolescence (ibid). Leisure activities are also a context through which young people can forge new friendships and meet and learn about peers who are different to them in ethnicity, race and social class. In terms of international policy, Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) declares: ‘State parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.’ A variety of studies have also reported the psychological and physical health benefits of regular physical activity and physically active young people are more likely to carry the habit of regular physical activity into adulthood (Department of Health and Children, 1999; National Heart Alliance, 2001; US Department of Health and Human Services, 1996).

Riche Classification

Demography: All , 10-14 years , 15-18 years ,
Child Related Topics: Research involving direct participation of children , Recreation grounds ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Information , Health reports , Sports and physical activity , Activity and participation , Communication , Health-enhancing physical activity , Community, Social & Civic Life , Domestic Life , Family health and relations , Interest groups , Interpersonal Interactions and relationships , Major Life Areas , Support and relationships ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: Ireland , English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Survey research , Community , National , Completed and published , Professional research ,