Afterthoughts on Leisure and Future Research Directions

  • Teresa Freire
  • Linda L. Caldwell


The first main purpose of this book was to provide an overview of recent empirical and conceptual work on leisure and positive psychology. Overall, the chapters in this book provide an insightful and broad perspective of leisure across the lifespan and highlight new and emerging perspectives. At the end, our final aim is to articulate those perspectives around the importance of basic and applied research regarding positive leisure science (PLS). In this chapter, we will consider and discuss some of the conclusions that have emerged from this book. We choose those that, in particular, open new issues and directions to leisure future research.

In 2000, the Journal of Leisure Research published a special issue that invited numerous scholars, novice and veteran, to discuss issues related to the then past, present, and future of leisure studies. It is the hope that this volume of edited chapters continues that discussion and contributes new ideas and directions for the future that can encourage the emergence of new theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and practices about leisure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.School of PsychologyBragaPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Penn stateThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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