Early Adolescents and Their Leisure Time: Implications for Leisure Service Agencies


  • Kimberly J. Shinew
  • Kathryn A. Norman
  • Cheryl K. Baldwin


adolescence, development, leisure, programming, leadership


Early adolescence is a critical developmental period, and leisure service agencies are in a unique position to address the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of this age cohort. The purpose of this paper is to examine the challenges and opportunities leisure service agencies face in providing programs and services that are both desirable and developmentally appropriate for early adolescents ages 10-14. More specifically, the paper focuses on three areas. First, we examine adolescents' use of leisure time outside of school, followed by a discussion regarding the value of their leisure experience from a developmental perspective. Finally, we apply this information to the program delivery ofleisure services agencies.





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