Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair/Advisor

Cynthia Pury

Committee Member

Patrick Rosopa

Committee Member

Mary Anne Taylor


The study examined the relationship between degree of leisure seriousness and leisure, job, and life satisfaction, as moderated by perceived job mental workload. Serious leisure has largely been studied in reference to general life satisfaction and health outcomes, and less research exists to examine whether serious leisure participation may influence work. This study tested the following hypothesis: the relationship between serious leisure participation and employee well-being is moderated by mental workload on the job, such that a) as mental workload increases, then serious leisure participation and satisfaction will be less strongly positively correlated, and b) as mental workload decreases, then serious leisure participation and satisfaction will be more strongly positively correlated. Participants completed Gould’s Serious Leisure Inventory on their most frequently pursued leisure activity, the NASA Task Load Index on characteristics of their employment and chosen activity, and the Leisure Satisfaction Scale, short form Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, and the Satisfaction with Life Scale to respectively measure leisure, job, and life satisfaction. The results shed light on the conditions with which serious leisure can be pursued to enhance well-being, both to inform individuals on how to improve their health and on the nature of resources organizations ought to invest in.



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