The Influence of Leisure Motivation on Leisure Satisfaction

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leisure satisfaction, leisure motivation, college students


Satisfying leisure experiences are important during the college years in establishing life-long leisure patterns. These experiences can be better understood through knowing what motivates people to participate and how those motivations impact a satisfying experience. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between leisure motivation and leisure satisfaction of college students. This study utilized the Leisure Motivation Scale and the Leisure Satisfaction Scale to examine the relationship between leisure motivation and leisure satisfaction. Survey research was utilized to collect the data from a Midwestern campus using a purposeful sample of students enrolled in academic courses known to be representative of the student population (N=363). The data were analyzed descriptively and the overall leisure satisfaction score was also computed for the purposes of measuring the extent to which perceived motives were associated with overall leisure satisfaction using multiple regression analysis. Multiple regression was used to analyze the contribution of each motivation subscale to leisure satisfaction. Overall, students were highly motivated by competence/mastery factors. Also students perceived high levels of satisfaction in the relaxation and psychological dimensions of satisfaction. Further analysis indicated significant correlation between the four subscales of motivation and leisure satisfaction. The predictors of leisure satisfaction, in order of strength of association, were: competence/mastery factors, intellectual factors, and stimulus/avoidance factors.


This article was originally published as Beggs, B. A., Elkins, D. J. (2010). The influence of leisure motivation on leisure satisfaction. LARNet: Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research.