TitleIs leisure time availability associated with more or less severe daily stressors? An examination using eight-day diary data.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsQian, XLisa, Yarnal, CM, Almeida, DM
JournalLeis Sci
Date Published2014 Jan 01

<p>The stress suppressing model proposes that sufficient resources reduce stress. The stress exposure model suggests that certain factors expose individuals to stress. The current study tested these two models by assessing the within-person lagging effect of leisure time on perceived severity of daily stressors. Analyzing eight-day diary data (=2,022), we found that having more leisure time than usual on a day reduced perceived severity of daily stressors the day and that the decrease in severity became larger with further increase in leisure time. Additionally, the effect is much stronger among busy individuals who usually had little leisure time. The findings demonstrated an accelerated suppressing effect that differed between-person, and the lagging effect affords stronger implication for causality than correlational analysis.</p>

Alternate JournalLeis Sci
PubMed ID24563564
PubMed Central IDPMC3927970
Grant ListP01 AG020166 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG019239 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States