Title Dimensions of Leisure and Perceived Health in Young University Students
Authors Andres-Villas, Montserrat, DÍAZ MILANÉS, DIEGO, Remesal-Cobreros, Raquel, Velez-Toral, Mercedes, Perez-Moreno, Pedro J., DÍAZ MILANÉS, DIEGO
External publication No
Means Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Publication date 01/12/2020
ISI 000597560600001
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17238750
Abstract The aim of this study was to analyze the main leisure habits of students at the University of Huelva and the relationship with perceived health by grouping the various activities into components whilst also evaluating possible gender differences. The sample was selected through random cluster sampling and was composed of 903 students from various courses and degrees. Of the sample, 73.8% were female and 26.2% were male, with a mean age of 20.82 years. The participants responded to items measuring perceived health and the inventory of leisure activities extracted from the INJUVE (Spanish Youth Observatory) survey. The results obtained offered a solution of four components, grouping the activities into passive leisure, festive leisure, sports-competitive leisure and cultural leisure. Passive leisure was the most practiced and cultural leisure the least practiced. Statistically significant differences were observed between men and women in terms of the sports-competitive component and in the perception of health. In addition, a direct relationship was found between the sports-competitive dimension and health perception. These results support the existence of a "techno-active" profile in males and should be considered in the creation of university policies linked to health promotion or the prevention of risk behaviors.
Keywords leisure; university students; health perception; healthy lifestyles
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