Despite the increase in research about the leisure of family caregivers, few studies provide a “profile” of family caregivers’ characteristics and how they relate to various perceptions of their leisure. The purpose of this study was to identify such a profile and examine the relationships between selected caregiver characteristics and their perceptions of leisure. A usable sample of 492 questionnaires provided profile information on 16 demographic and six leisure characteristics of female family caregivers. Results showed that the caregivers valued but missed lost leisure. Chi-square analyses included indications that respondents who valued leisure were more likely to see leisure as activity that is fun, identify as Rechargers, and were less likely to perceive caregiving as financial hardship. Implications for practice and research are presented.
Author Leandra A. Bedini, Terri L. Phoenix
Volume Vol 38, No 4 (2004)