Leisure Time Sports Activities and Life Satisfaction: Deeper Insights Based on a Representative Survey from Germany

dc.contributor.authorMutz, Michael
dc.contributor.authorReimers, Anne K.
dc.contributor.authorDemetriou, Yolanda
dc.date.accessioned2023-05-24
dc.date.available2023-10-04T08:48:10Z
dc.date.created2021
dc.date.issued2023-05-24
dc.description.abstractAbstract Observational and experimental studies show that leisure time sporting activity (LTSA) is associated with higher well-being. However, scholars often seem to assume that 1) LTSA fosters “general” life satisfaction, thereby ignoring effects on domain satisfaction; 2) the effect of LTSA on well-being is linear and independent of a person’s general activity level; 3) the amount of LTSA is more important than the repertoire of LTSA, i.e. the number of different activities; 4) all kinds of LTSA are equal in their effects, irrespective of spatial and organisational context conditions. Using data from the German SALLSA-Study (“Sport, Active Lifestyle and Life Satisfaction”), a large-scale CAWI-Survey (N = 1008) representing the population ≥ 14 years, the paper takes a closer look on these assumptions. Findings demonstrate that LTSA is associated with general life satisfaction and domain-specific satisfaction (concerning relationships, appearance, leisure, work and health), but that the relationship is most pronounced for leisure satisfaction. Associations of sport with life satisfaction, leisure satisfaction and subjective health are non-linear, approaching an injection point from which on additional LTSA is no longer beneficial. Moreover, findings lend support to the notion that diversity in LTSA matters, as individuals with higher variation in sports activities are more satisfied. Finally, results with regard to spatial and organizational context suggest that outdoor sports and club-organized sports have additional benefits.en
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dc.identifier.citationApplied Research in Quality of Life 16.5 (2021): S. 2155-2171. <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11482-020-09866-7>
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-020-09866-7
dc.identifier.issn1871-2584
dc.identifier.issn1871-2576
dc.identifier.opus-id23072
dc.identifier.urihttps://open.fau.de/handle/openfau/23072
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:bvb:29-opus4-230726
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlands
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.de
dc.subjectWell-being
dc.subjectQuality of life
dc.subjectPhysical activity
dc.subjectExercise
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subject.ddcDDC Classification::6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften :: 61 Medizin und Gesundheit :: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
dc.titleLeisure Time Sports Activities and Life Satisfaction: Deeper Insights Based on a Representative Survey from Germanyen
dc.typearticle
dcterms.publisherFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
local.date.prevpublished2021-10-01
local.document.pageend2171
local.document.pagestart2155
local.journal.issue5
local.journal.titleApplied Research in Quality of Life
local.journal.volume16
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local.subject.fakultaetPhilosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie
local.subject.importimport
local.subject.sammlungUniversität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Eingespielte Open Access Artikel / Eingespielte Open Access Artikel 2023
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