The relationship between leisure and life satisfaction: application of activity and need theory

  • Ariel RodríguezEmail author
  • Pavlína Látková
  • Ya-Yen Sun


The purpose of this study was to better understand the complex relationship between leisure and life satisfaction. Components of two distinct, but potentially integrative, theoretical frameworks (i.e., activity theory and need theory) predicting the relationship between leisure and life satisfaction were tested with a sample of residents from a Midwestern community (n = 633). Findings provided support for both theoretical perspectives, but stronger relationships were found between satisfied needs than with participated activities. In spite of these findings, the various inconsistencies within the two theoretical frameworks suggest that future research is needed.


Leisure Activity theory Need theory Life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ariel Rodríguez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pavlína Látková
    • 2
  • Ya-Yen Sun
    • 3
  1. 1.Tourism, Recreation, and Sport ManagementUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation & Resource Studies (CARRS)Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Leisure StudiesNational University of KaohsiungKaohsiungTaiwan

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