Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.
Chapter 9: A Serious Look at Leisure: The Role of Leisure Time and Recreation Activities in Positive Youth Development
A Serious Look at Leisure: The Role of Leisure Time and Recreation Activities in Positive Youth Development
Approximately 40% to 50% of a young person's time can be categorized as free and unobligated, making the leisure context a critical one just in terms of the bulk of time it consumes for a young person. The leisure context, however, is much more important to youth than just filling time. What youth do in their free time and their concomitant experiences derived from time use are important to their healthy development. The purposes of this chapter are to discuss why the leisure context is important to positive youth development, ...