Spare time use and psychological well‐being in employed and unemployed young people

Anthony H. Winefield, Marika Tiggemann, Helen R. Winefield

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    Results are presented from a longitudinal study of school leavers spanning the years 1980–1987. Those who were unemployed in 1987 reported spending relatively more of their spare time doing nothing in particular than those who were employed, although the groups did not differ in their reported use of spare time when they were at school. Also there were no differences in reported spare time use between those employed in satisfactory jobs and those employed in unsatisfactory jobs. As other studies have shown, in the unemployed spare time spent in purposeful activities with other people was positively correlated with psychological well‐being. Similar associations were observed in the dissatisfied employed, although not in the satisfied employed. The results suggest that purposeful use of spare time may play a buffering role in coping with the stresses of both unemployment and unsatisfactory employment. 

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)307-313
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1992


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