Attitudes toward Leisure Survey (Unger, 1983)

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements about leisure.

1. It is its own reward.
2. “Not because I have to but because I want to” would characterize it.
3. I feel like I’m exploring new worlds.
4. I feel I have been thoroughly tested.
5. I could get so involved that I would forget everything else.
6. I wouldn’t know the day before that it was going to happen.
7. I enjoy it for its own sake, not for what it will get me.
8. I do not feel forced.
9. There is novelty in it.
10. I feel like I’m conquering the world.
11. It helps me forget about the day’s problems.
12. It happens without warning or pre-thought.
13. Pure enjoyment is the only thing in it for me.
14. It is completely voluntary.
15. It satisfies my sense of curiosity.
16. I get a sense of adventure or risk.
17. It totally absorbs me.
18. It is a spontaneous occurrence.
19. I do not feel obligated.
20. It offers novel experiences.
21. I feel like a real champion.
22. It is like “getting away from it all.”
23. It happens “out of the blue.”
24. Others would not have to talk me into it.
25. It makes me feel like I’m in another world.
26. It is a “spur-of-the-moment” thing.

1, 7,13: intrinsic satisfaction.
2, 8, 14, 19, 24: perceived freedom.
3, 9, 15,20: arousal.
4, 10, 16, 21: mastery.
5, 11, 17, 22, 25: involvement.

Source: Unger, L. S., & Kernan, J. B. (1983). On the meaning of leisure: An investigation of some determinants of the subjective experience. Journal of Consumer Research, 9(3), 381-392.

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