Leisure, Free Time and Well-Being of 10 Years Old Children Living in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Abstract

The study of subjective well-being in children and adolescents has had different focuses and orientations; this research paper’s approach on that theme lies in conceiving children as active agents, as the protagonists of the aforementioned research (Sen 2000), focusing on their own outlook and using their own words (Ben-Arieh et al. 2013; Benatuil and Laurito 2016; Mieles and Tonon 2015). Leisure during childhood is highly relevant to children’s development (Fattore et al. 2017; Leyra Fatou and Bárcenas Viñas 2014; Peñalba 1999) and may be considered as a fundamental right, vital to children’s development process (Lasén Díaz 2000). Thus, the study of leisure is relevant, since it promotes higher satisfaction and well-being (Schütz and Stum 2017). This article analyzed the use of free time, free-time activities and children’s well-being in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Moreover, this paper formed part of the international research network The Children’s Worlds, through the project Estudiar la calidad de vida y el bienestar de niños y niñas en la provincia de Buenos Aires (The Study of quality of life and well-being of boys and girls in Buenos Aires Province), conducted by the UNI-COM team of Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora (UNLZ) and supported by LOMASCyT Program-UNLZ. The total sampling consisted of 1062 children, in this article it is considered a number of 373 ten-year old children, studying at public and private institutions. The instrument used was the ISCWeB. The results show that children are highly satisfied with the use of their free time. Regarding the activities they indulge in, watching television is the most frequent; while reading for pleasure and studying with friends are the least frequent. Also the link between subjective well-being and the use of free time was verified.

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Tonon, G., Laurito, M.J. & Benatuil, D. Leisure, Free Time and Well-Being of 10 Years Old Children Living in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Applied Research Quality Life 14, 637–658 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-018-9612-5

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Keywords

  • Well-being
  • Leisure
  • Free time
  • Children