TitleDoes leisure time moderate or mediate the effect of daily stress on positive affect? An examination using eight-day diary data.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsQian, XLisa, Yarnal, CM, Almeida, DM
JournalJ Leis Res
Date Published2014

<p>This study tested the applicability of moderation and mediation models to leisure time as a stress coping resource. Analyzing eight-day diary data (N=2,022), we examined the -person process of using leisure time to cope with daily stressors. We found that relatively high daily stress frequency, while reducing positive affect, prompted an individual to allocate more time to leisure than usual, which then increased positive affect, thus partially remedying the damage by high daily stress frequency. This within-person process, however, is significantly stronger among those with less leisure time on average than leisure-rich individuals. The findings support a partial counteractive mediation model, demonstrate between-person difference in the within-person coping process, and reveal the importance of positive affect as a coping outcome.</p>

Alternate JournalJ Leis Res
PubMed ID25221350
PubMed Central IDPMC4160131
Grant ListP01 AG020166 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG019239 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States