This study found that a majority of young people were fulfilled in their leisure time. Most engaged in a range of activities (sports, hobbies and groups) as well as spending time with their friends and doing less directed activities such as watching TV and listening to music. Far fewer young people were involved in groups/clubs than in sports and hobbies. Just under a third (32%) of the sample participated in one or more clubs/groups. The most popular clubs/groups were youth clubs/groups, choir/folk groups, voluntary work and scouts/guides. The authors concluded that the relatively low involvement of Irish adolescents in clubs and groups needs to be addressed.
To explore how Irish youth spend their free time, what barriers and supports they experience during this time and what their aspirations are with regard to recreation and leisure.
Questionnaires and focus groups
de Róiste, A., & Dinneen, J. (2005). Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure. Dublin: The National Children’s Office.
Fifty one schools and 2260 students with an age range of 12 to 18 completed questionnaires. Subsequently focus groups were carried out with 54 young people in schools across Cork, including 20 who were deaf, 8 who were visually impaired, 6 with autism, 3 with physical difficulties, 36 who attended a Youthreach centre and 10 young people from the Travelling community, to explore prominent themes from the questionniare data.
Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure.