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Work, Leisure and Well-Being

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Although it is now well established that unemployment is detrimental to health and well being, most of us assume that a well structured, rewarding leisure activity would be preferable to paid work. John Haworth challenges these assumptions and shows that the very constriction of work, like having to perform a task we wouldn't otherwise choose, are often the most rewarding in the end.
Work, Leisure and Well Being reviews the current literature and complements it with the findings...

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Overview

Although it is now well established that unemployment is detrimental to health and well being, most of us assume that a well structured, rewarding leisure activity would be preferable to paid work. John Haworth challenges these assumptions and shows that the very constriction of work, like having to perform a task we wouldn't otherwise choose, are often the most rewarding in the end.
Work, Leisure and Well Being reviews the current literature and complements it with the findings of the most recent research to provide a serious and fascinating study of the most important areas of adult life. It raises as many questions as it answers; for instance, if paid work is better than a leisure activity, what's the use of looking forward to retirement?
Work, Leisure and Well Being will be of interest not only to psychologists, but also to a wide range of professionals involved in social policy and the leisure industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415148627
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/11/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Categories of psychological experience and well-being 24
3 Research into categories of psychological experience and well-being 37
4 Principal environmental influences and mental health 54
5 Research into principal environmental influences and mental health 67
6 Enjoyment and well-being 83
7 Embodiment and quality of life 103
8 Serious leisure and well-being 117
9 A psychological analysis of leisure and health 131
10 Work and leisure in young people's lives 145
11 Activity and ageing: challenge in retirement 165
12 Work and leisure futures: trends and scenarios 180
Appendices 192
Index 202
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