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Children and young people’s perspectives from UK lockdown: leisure-less experiences.

Gennings, E. K., Brown, H.J., Hewlett, D. and Batten, J., 2022. Children and young people’s perspectives from UK lockdown: leisure-less experiences. Leisure Studies. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2022.2107052

Abstract

If researchers are to understand the impacts of lockdown on children and young people, then the experiences of lockdown need to be explored from the perspective of the child. Young people participate in leisure for a multitude of reasons, yet, within the UK, children were largely unable to access their regular leisure activities for a six-month period during the first national lockdown. Within the context of this paper, leisure includes outdoor sports and physical activities within blue spaces. Following interviews with parents and young people (aged 11–16) focused on experiences of leisure during the Covid-19 pandemic, this qualitative study identified that children felt an intense sense of missing out on opportunities and found day-to-day life without leisure monotonous. However, there were some positive impacts of reduced leisure, such as a greater appreciation for what was once a regular activity. This research empowered the voice of children, so their distinct experiences were made visible to those who aim to support their wellbeing. Findings suggest that the promotion of leisure activities in the current climate could mitigate poor wellbeing among children associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-4367
Uncontrolled Keywords:Leisure; lockdown; children; young people; wellbeing
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:37391
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 09:01
Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 09:01

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