World Leisure Commission on Children and Youth

Recreation providers and researchers need to find better ways to foster creativity in youth worldwide. Many of the world’s problems can best be solved by innovative and interdisciplinary approaches and we must provide opportunities through leisure and informal learning opportunities to develop and sustain creative problem solving in our young people.

As part of its efforts to foster greater awarenessof the issues, the Commission on Children and Youth is sponsoring this collection of documents including annual reports, technical reports, theses and dissertations, and white papers, among others. There are gems of wisdom in these documents that represent best and innovative practices.

The collection is updated on a regular basis. If you would like to submit a resouce to the collection you can upload it here.

A Consideration of Leisure Time Spent by Students at Islamic Azad Universities Nationwide-Iran

Forough Fattahi Masrour, Feridon Tondnevis, Amir Ahmad Mozaffari. (2012). International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social...

Alcohol Use, Risk Taking, Leisure Activities and Health Care Use Among Young People in Northern Vietnam

Le Thi Kim Thoa et al. (2013) Central Asian Journal of Global Health. 2(2): 16 pp. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the...

An Evaluation of the Effects of a Leisure Education Curriculum on Delinquents’ Motivation, Knowledge, and Behavior Changes Related to Boredom

Finn, Paul Robert Jr. (2006). A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in...

Angola: Youth State Secretary Wants More Leisure Spaces (News Article)

Summarizes a speech given by the Angolan Secretary of State for Youth, Nhaga de Assunção, highlighting the need for building more training...

Children and Young People’s Status in Iran: Profiles and Challenge

Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi. (2006). Electronic Journal of Sociology. ISSN:1198 3655. Abstract: Almost half of the world’s population is under...

Conceptual Approaches in Policy Development in Leisure Education

Ruskin, Hillel. (1988). Conceptual Approaches in Policy Development in Leisure Education. World Leisure and Recreation. 30(3-4): 17-24. DOI...

Cultures of Creativity: Report

Cultures develop when people find ways to play, make, and share. This report describes how human cultures can be characterised by their...

Demand of sports and leisure for youth in the city of Novo Hamburgo, Brazil

Gustavo Roese Sanfelice, Elenara Jahn, Thaís Dalzochio. (2013). Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud. 11(2): 563-...

Developmental intervention and leisure education: a life span perspective

Kleiber, Douglas A. (2001). Developmental intervention and leisure education: a life span perspective. World Leisure Journal. 43(1): 4-10....

Digital Heroes: Identity Construction in Iranian Video Games: Book Excerpt

Vit Sisler. (2013). Excerpt from: Cultural Revolution in Iran: Contemporary Popular Culture in the Islamic Republic, edited by Annabelle...

Education for leisure : a suggested approach for schools

Sleap, Mike. (1987). Education for leisure: a suggested approach for schools. Leisure Studies. 6(2): 167-179. Published online August...

Effects of Leisure Education on Perceived Freedom in Leisure of Adolescents with Mental Retardation

Hoge, Gail, John Dattilo, and Richard Williams. (1999). Effects of Leisure Education on Perceived Freedom in Leisure of Adolescents with...

Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive Affect of Young Adults With Mental Retardation

Williams, Richard and John Dattilo. (1997). Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive...

Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport - Advocacy Brief

This brief looks at: Why We Should be Concerned about Gender, Girls and Physical Education - despite the strong claims for the...

Evaluation of the Active and Safe Injury Prevention Initiative 2011-2012 to 2012-2013

The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the Active and Safe Injury Prevention Initiative. The...

Family Acculturation, Family Leisure Involvement, and Family Functioning among Mexican-Americans

Christenson, Owen et al. (2006). Joumal of Leisure Research. 38(4): 475-495 Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the...

Free-time and Leisure Needs of Young People Living in Disadvantaged Communities

Tina Byrne, et al. (2006). Poverty Research Initiative. Combat Poverty Agency Working Paper Series 06/02. October 2006. This study,  ...

Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People in Sport and Recreation

This report sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and young people (13-18 years). These...

Happiness among the Youth in Tehran, Iran, A Sociological Perspective

Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi. (2011). J Sociology Soc Anth. 2(1): 39-46 Abstract: This paper explores the quality of happiness among youth...

Hot Prospects Cold Facts: "Love Life" Survey of South African Youth

This survey of South African youth was commissioned by the Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation and is published by Love Life as part of a...

Innovative Leisure Practices: Cases as conduits between theory and practice

The World Leisure Center of Excellence at Vancouver Island University is pleased to release a volume of case studies called Innovative...

Integrating education and leisure: conflict and the community school

Wimbush, Erica J., and Brian S. Duffield. (2006). Integrating education and leisure: conflict and the community school. Leisure Studies. 4(...

International Youth Leisure Market (NSW, Australia) Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a Market Overview of visitors aged 15-29 years. It outlines where the visitors come from, popular destinations,...

Investigating of leisure time activities in male students at Iran’s Islamic Azad University: An emphasis on sports participation

Forough Fattahi Masrour, Feridon Tondnevis, Amir Ahmad Mozaffari. (2012). European Journal of Experimental Biology. 2(4): 1053-1061. The...

It's All About Children and Young People: Implementing a child/young person centred philosophy in sport and recreation

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for organisations/individuals that run sport and recreation programmes for children...

Leisure Activities and Youth Citizenship: What local councils tell about youths’ leisure from the perspective of citizenship on their homepages

Lindstrom, Lisbeth. (2009). Doctoral Thesis for Tryckt vid universitetstryckeriet, Luleå. 150 pp. ISSN: 1402-1544 ISBN 978-91-86233-77-8...

Leisure constraints experienced by university students in Greece

Drakou, Amalia, Tzetzis, George, and Mamantzi, Kyriaki. (2008). The Sport Journal. 11 p. Abstract: The aim of this study was (a) to...

Leisure Education for the After School Time Period

This guide defines and describes Leisure Education and its importance to the after school time period. A chart of leisure education tools...

Leisure Education in Educational Settings : From Instruction to Inspiration

Sivana, Atara. (2008). Leisure Education in Educational Settings : From Instruction to Inspiration. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure...

Leisure Education, Community Development, and Populations with Special Needs: Book

Sivan, Atara and Ruskin, Hillel, Editors. (2000). Leisure Education, Community Development, and Populations with Special Needs....

Leisure education. Specific programs: Book

Datillo, J. (2000). Leisure education. Specific programs. State College, PA. Venture Publishing Inc. Abstract: 10 leisure education...

Leisure education. Theory and practice: Book

Book: 224 pages. Available by membership access. Abstract: The ultimate outcome of leisure education is seen as enabling individuals to...

Leisure Education: Models and Curriculum Development

Sellick, Janelle, Stensrud, Carol, and Jorgenson, Lisa. (2002). California State University, Sacramento. This article looks at how youth...

Leisure time, Peers and their influence on alcohol and drug consumption amongst the youth

Majone Steketee et al. (2013). In Alcohol use among adolescents in Europe: Environmental Research and Preventive Action. pp. 117-128...

Leisure Time: Challenges and Results in Individual and Collective Level

Chirani, Ebrahim. (2012). Trends in Social Science. 3(1): 46-49. Abstract: Discusses the various aspects of leisure time,...

Leisure Trends among Young People in Malta

Clark, Marilyn, and Cassa, Joanner. (2013). Study for the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ using data...

Measuring children’s participation in recreation and leisure activities: construct validation of the CAPE and PAC

King, G.A. et al. (2007). Measuring children’s participation in recreation and leisure activities: construct validation of the CAPE and...

Media Time vs Active Time: Leisure Time among the Youth in Disadvantaged Community

Rahim, Samsudin   A.   et al. (2011). International Journal of Human and Social Sciences. 6(3): 153-158 Abstract: Aims...

Postmodern Values and Leisure in Young Spanish University Students: An Exploratory Study

Aguila, C et al. (2008). Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 30(4): 275-292. Abstract: This article reports exploratory...

Preliminary Effects of a Leisure Education Program to Promote Healthy Use of Free Time among Middle School Adolescents

Caldwell, Linda L. et al. (2004). Preliminary Effects of a Leisure Education Program to Promote Healthy Use of Free Time among Middle...

Professional issues in therapeutic recreation: on competence and outcomes: Book

Stumbo, Norma J., Ed. (2009). Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation: On Competence and Outcomes. 2nd Edition. Champaign, IL....

Quality Leisure Time and Youth Development: What Are the Effects of Sports?

Fuchs, Benjamin, and Osikominu, Aderonke. (2013). Paper presented at 15th IZA/CEPR European Summer Symposium in Labour...

Recent developments in leisure education research and implementation

Sivana, Atara. (2011). Recent developments in leisure education research and implementation. World Leisure and Recreation. 39(2): 41-44....

Special Focus: Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries: Book Excerpt

This is Chapter 2 of Society at a Glance 2009: OECD Social Indicators. ISBN 978-92-64-04938-3. This chapter provides a short literature...

The Investigation of Student's Participation Factors in Summer Leisure Classes

Gholam Reza Shaabani, Ali Parsaju. (2011). International Conference on Environmental, Biomedical and Biotechnology IPCBEE. Vol.16, pp. 117-...

The Leisure of Young People in Contemporary Society

Ken Roberts. (2012). ARBOR Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura. Vol. 188-754 marzo-abril 327-337. ISSN: 0210-1963 Abstract: This paper...

The Strength of Motivation and Physical Activity Level During Leisure Time among Youth in South Korea

Cho, Min-Haeng. Youth Society. (2004) 35(4): 480 Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the...

Time on my hands: hands off my time

Paddick, Robert J. (1982). Time on my hands: hands off my time. Leisure Studies. 1(3): 355-364. Published online Sept 2006. DOI: 10.1080/...

Understanding Leisure-related Program Effects by Using Process Data in the HealthWise South Africa Project

Caldwell, Linda L. et al. (2008). Understanding Leisure-related Program Effects by Using Process Data in the HealthWise South Africa...

Unemployment, school and leisure: an adolescent study

Hendry, L.B. , M. Raymond and C. Stewart. (1984). Unemployment, school and leisure: an adolescent study. Leisure Studies. 3(2): 175-187....

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