Predicting Free Time Boredom of People with Spinal Cord Injury


  • Youngkhill Lee
  • Robin Mittelstaedt
  • Judy Askins


Free Time Boredom, Spinal Cord Injury, Life View, Watching TV, Perceived Freedom in Leisure


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.





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