Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Recreation Management and Policy

Program or Major

Program Administration

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Chris Harrist


This paper looks to better understand the effects leisure has on adolescents. Leisure is an important past time for adolescents since they have so much free time to pursue activities. The adolescents, their parents, recreation programmers, and school officials should be aware of the benefits and risks associated with different leisure pursuits so they can better help the adolescents’ transition into an adult who has a high level of psychologically well-being. After the different effects are analyzed, this paper offers recommendations to recreation programmers. These recommendations account for the different factors of leisure. Overall, this paper is an analysis of leisure pursuits for adolescents and specifically focuses on psychologically well-being, while offering recommendations for anyone who has an interest in adolescents and leisure.