Role of motivation, self-efficacy and parent support in adolescent structured leisure activity participation
Taylor & Francis
Computing, Health and Science
Psychology and Social Science
An increasing body of research supports the positive physical, social and psychological health benefits of adolescent involvement in structured out-of-school leisure activities. Analysis of data from 1280 12–17-year-old Western Australian metropolitan high school students, found that several factors were associated with adolescent involvement in structured leisure activities, including parent support of the activity (both active and passive), intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy. There were no significant gender differences in the rate of participation or hours spent participating in structured leisure activities overall. More female than male students, however, were involved in structured creative activities and male students spent significantly more time involved in structured physical group activities. Recommendations for supporting adolescent involvement in structured leisure activities are discussed.