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Leisure and Human Development is an examination of the link between human development and behavior in a context, leisure, that has been described as encompassing one third of people's time.
This text examines human development as it affects and is affected by leisure—what people do when they are relatively free to choose their activities. Douglas Kleiber and Francis McGuire, two well respected leisure scholars, developed this book around age-based periods of life.
The authors assert that leisure relates to human development in three fundamental ways:
- human development influences leisure behavior
- leisure behaviors influence development
- leisure plays a role in moderating the effects of life events
In developing these themes, the authors have invited highly qualified academics to draw on their expertise in fleshing them out, not only by age and life stage but also by activity themes that carry across the life cycle.
Leisure and Human Development approaches the topic of leisure across the lifespan from a developmental perspective: the orderly, patterned, enduring trajectory of life.
A central idea of this book is that both theories of human development and research findings can lead to practical application—the "so what" question is addressed throughout the book. Thus, even though it is a book bounded by theory, it is immediately useful for the student (or anyone else) seeking to promote leisure in everyday life across the lifespan.
The authors of these chapters imply, both directly and indirectly, that leisure can be identity producing and restorative. Leisure and Human Development is an important book, edited and written by leading authors in the field. It will find a lasting readership among all those interested in understanding and enhancing human development.