Published Papers - Abstract 31

Brown P & Brown WJ. Women and leisure: Does all work and no play make Jill unwell? World Leisure and Recreation, 1999; 41(1): 2019-11-14

Leisure time is characterised by liberation from the constraints of employment, domestic work and other social obligations. It affords time and space to relax and recuperate from the stresses and fatigue of daily activities; offers opportunities to express individuality and creativity; and provides an important context for the establishment and maintenance of social networks. It is also an avenue for the promotion of health, through physical activity and the psychological benefits of social leisure activities.The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health aims to clarify the relationships between biological, psychological, social and lifestyle factors and women's physical health and emotional well-being. Baseline surveys were completed in 1996 by more than 41,000 young, mid-age and older women. Among the mid-age women (45-50 years, N=13,595) one in five felt rushed, pressured or too busy every day, and 38% felt more rushed than five years ago. About half the women said they would like more time for passive (43.9%) and active (2%) leisure; while only 2% reported no passive leisure, 18.7% reported no active leisure.These findings will be reviewed in the context of interrelationships between work and leisure in women's lives and the practical and ideological significance of changes in patterns of labour market involvement on women's leisure and health.