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The Influences of Family Leisure Patterns on Perceptions of Family Functioning

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  • Ramon B. Zabriskie,

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    1. Ramon B. Zabriskie is Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Youth Leadership at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.
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  • Bryan P. McCormick

    1. Bryan P. McCormick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
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  • *The authors gratefully acknowledge Deborah Fravel, Ph.D., for her valuable feedback during the development of this manuscript. Funding for this study was provided in part by the Student Research Grant-in-Aid Award, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Indiana University.

**Address correspondence to: Ramon B. Zabriskie, Ph.D., C.T.R.S., Department of Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, Brigham Young University, 273 RB, Provo, UT 84602-2033; (801) 378-1667; e-mail: zabriskie@byu.edu

Abstract

This study conducted a preliminary test of a model of family leisure functioning by examining the relationship of core and balance family leisure patterns to family cohesion and adaptability. We hypothesized that core family leisure patterns address family needs for stability, facilitate the development of cohesive relationships, and are related to perceptions of family cohesion, whereas balance family leisure patterns address family needs for change, facilitate the development of adaptive skills, and are related to perceptions of family adaptability. Findings from 2 multiple regression analyses provided preliminary support for the model. Conclusions and implications are discussed.

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