Killing time: the effect of boredom during unstructured leisure time on men's health

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Bloomfield, Leonie J (2005) Killing time: the effect of boredom during unstructured leisure time on men's health. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

Mortality statistics routinely show that across all ages and for most causes of death men die earlier than women and unmarried men die earlier than married men. Unhealthy lifestyle behaviours such as tobacco and alcohol use and physical inactivity vary by sex, age, and marital status and other sociodemographic factors and are strongly linked to the major causes of death. In combination with biological, demographic, and socioeconomic risk factors for mortality, variations in unhealthy behaviours are necessary but not sufficient to explain the sex and marital status differences in mortality. Individual, age, and marital status variations in the objective and subjective aspects of Australian men's structured and unstructured free time use were examined using time-use methodology. The direct and indirect relationships between age, marital status, the objective and subjective aspects of men's unstructured free time use, the social contexts of alcohol consumption, problem drinking behaviours and men's higher risk of mortality were also investigated.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15569
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords boredom, leisure, men, men's health, free time, lifestyle, mortality, alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption
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