Positive Leisure Science

From Subjective Experience to Social Contexts

  • Teresa Freire

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Leisure and Positive Living

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Douglas A. Kleiber
      Pages 21-38
  3. Leisure, Growth and Development

  4. Leisure, Well-Being and Quality of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Kim Perkins, Jeanne Nakamura
      Pages 141-157
    3. Jorge Mota, Mauro Barros, José Carlos Ribeiro, Maria Paula Santos
      Pages 159-174
    4. Jeroen Nawijn, Ruut Veenhoven
      Pages 193-209
  5. Leisure and the Pursuit of a Positive Leisure Science (PLS)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Teresa Freire, Linda L. Caldwell
      Pages 213-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-229

About this book


This book extends positive psychology by embedding leisure into the positive science field, following a new paradigm and aggregating various domains and fields. Positive science can be applied to the field of leisure and, in turn, leisure can serve as an arena to study some of the most important optimal functioning variables. The book presents knowledge on a diverse range of topics about optimizing socio-cognitive processes and behaviors, places and contexts, societies and cultures through leisure. These topics are unified by an underlying continuum that extends from individuals and subjective experiences to social worlds. The contributions highlight components of everyday life, showing that subjective experience and life trajectories are structured and social goals and life purposes are defined and achieved within interactions between individuals and their lived contexts and environments in daily life.



Adolescent Leisure Fatherhood and parent-child contact Flow and Happiness Flow and Leisure Future reserch directions on leisure Health and well-being for adolescents Human and Social Potentialities Individual and Social Development Leisure experiencein adolescents Leisure in family contexts Life skills for young adults Nature of happiness Optimal Experience Optimal Socio-Cognitive Functioning Positive Experience Positive Life Contexts Positive Psychology Positive Science Positive identity development in adolscents Positiveness in the Social Sciences Pysical activity and health Research relation leisure and well-being Successful Aging and Well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Teresa Freire
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Educacao e Psicologia, Depto. PsicologiaUniversidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5057-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5058-6
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