, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 257–281 | Cite as

Children's time in structured and unstructured leisure activities

  • Carol B. Meeks
  • Teresa Mauldin


Using the 1981 Time Use Longitudinal Panel Study data, this study examines factors which influence children's time use in leisure activities. More time is spent in unstructured than structured leisure activities. Analysis of variance is performed on 32 categories of leisure time, including total leisure, to determine the influence of characteristics of the child and the mother and other socioeconomic characteristics. Males spend significantly more time than females in active sports, playing games, and passive leisure especially watching television on weekends. Females spend significantly more time than males socializing on weekends. The amount of time spent socializing increases with age but decreases with employment. Time spent playing games decreases with age, increases with number of children, and decreases as family income increases. Given the large number of children who do not participate in a given set of leisure activities, future research should examine the probability of participation.

Key words

Children Leisure Time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol B. Meeks
    • 1
  • Teresa Mauldin
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of GeorgiaUSA

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