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The capacity to enjoy leisure depends in part on other external de-mands and responsibilities as well as financial and other resources. Leisure is more than time left over from work and family. The gusto with which leisure activities are pursued and the types of activities that are chosen are affected by a person’s characteristic style. In contrast to the work domain, those with a leisurely style are likely to enjoy their free time and to have myriad hobbies and interests; those with conscientious styles may approach leisure as another job, by working hard at trying to have fun. Those with aggressive styles may choose competitive leisure pursuits, such as sports, in which they can pit their prowess against others; solitary types may prefer solo leisure pursuits that do not involve others.
The Social Adjustment Scale may be used to evaluate how well developed and specific a patient’s interests are as well as the frequency with which such activities are pursued. It can be helpful in assessing whether a person’s leisure-time contacts with others are diminished. The Social Adjustment Scale quantifies aspects of leisure, such as how many social events one has attended in the last month. The experience of loneliness or boredom during free time as well as the person’s ability to compensate for these pain-ful states yields a measure of leisure-time adaptation.
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