Social Indicators Research

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 309–336 | Cite as

Time use studies for leisure analysis

  • Andrew S. Harvey


Approaches to activity measurement capable of capturing nuances necessary to appropriately identify and classify leisure activities are needed. Of the several existing measurement approaches the time diary is one of the most promising. Time diaries facilitate the recording of the total flow of activities and attendant objective and subjective dimensions. Areas of particular concern in the conduct of time diary studies are activity coding, the interview approach, and the selection of diary days. Time use data can be studied at both the macro and micro level. At the micro level one can study time points, individuals and events. At the macro level it is meaningful to study subpopulations, bundles of time and aggregated events. Analytically, a holistic approach must be taken with several dimensions, which compose the activity setting, being considered concurrently.


Activity Measurement Leisure Activity Study Time Total Flow Holistic Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew S. Harvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Economics DepartmentSt. Mary's UniversityHalifaxCanada

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