Adolescent and adult leisure patterns: A 37‐year follow‐up study Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between adolescent and adult leisure activities was as­sessed by utilizing longitudinal data from 1298 subjects studied during their high school years and again when they were in their early fifties. For the sample members, the greater the involvement in a specific type of activity during adolescence, the more frequent the participation in the same type of activity at midlife. This was true in regard to participation in formal organizations; socializing; intellectual, creative, and artistic activities; and (for women) sports activities. The positive relationship between adolescent and adult leisure choices was stronger for women than for men in the areas of creative!artistic and sports activities. © 1989 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Scott, D., & Willits, F. K.

citation count

  • 74

publication date

  • January 1989