Leisure-Related Social Support and Self-Determination as Buffers of Stress-Illness Relationship

The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that leisure-generated social support and the self-determination disposition buffer the adverse effects of life stress on mental and physical health problems

Seppo E. Iso-Ahola; Chun J. Park

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that leisure-generated social support and the self-determination disposition buffer the adverse effects of life stress on mental and physical health problems
  • Data were provided by 252 subjects who were 18 to 65 years old and practitioners of Taekwondo sport as a leisure activity
  • Results indicated that life stress was positively related to mental and physical illness symptoms and negatively related to perceived health, regardless of any moderating variables
  • Data provided no support for the positive moderating effect of the self-determination disposition
  • Results confirm the importance of social support derived from leisure activity participation and suggest that it is the activity and things done with friends/companions that buffer the adverse effects of stress on physical and mental health
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