Journal of Leisure Research
Casual leisure; continuum; identity; motives; serious leisure
The dichotomy of serious leisure (SL) and casual leisure (CL) has significant limitations, leaving some leisure experiences unexplained. The SL-CL continuum proposed by Shen and Yarnal (2010) aims at filling this gap by providing a description based on behavioral commitment. We present evidence supporting the SL-CL continuum obtained by comparing participants in two different types of sporting events: an international/major and a national/minor event. Quantitative data on leisure motives and identity, corresponding to four SL and two CL characteristics, were collected from self-administered questionnaires. Both samples reported moderate to high intensities across the characteristics. However, international/major participants were more serious and national/minor participants more casual in their leisure experience. Participants were not effectively described in terms of the SL-CL dichotomy.
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Derom, Inge and Taks, Marijke. (2011). Participants' Experiences in Two Types of Sporting Events: A Quest for Evidence of the SL-CL Continuum. Journal of Leisure Research, 43 (3), 383-402.