The present study identified factors that help to explain the free time boredom (FTB) of people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Building on previous research (Caldwell & Weissinger, 1994; Iso-Ahola & Weissinger, 1987, 1990), the variables salient to SCI were included to further investigate key factors that predict FTB for people with SCI. Out of a total sample of 500 individuals with SCI who reside in community, 206 respondents (mean age = 40.6 years; range = 19-75; SD = 13.3) responded to the questionnaire. The following variables were included in the questionnaire packet: FTB, life view, perceptions of health, watching TV, perceived freedom in leisure, leisure identity, and income. Using a stepwise forward regression model, three variables entered the equation. Life view contributed the most variance (R2 = .28) when explaining FTB, followed by degree of time spent watching TV (R2 = .06) and perceived freedom in leisure (R2 = .05). Total R2 for the model was .39. Discussion and implications center on the three significant variables.
Author Youngkhill Lee, Robin Mittelstaedt, Judy Askins
Volume Vol 33, No 2 (1999)