Crafty birds and fitness fiends: Relationships of professional and leisure activities

B. J. Adamson, M. T. Westbrook

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Stereotypes of therapists were found to contain a 'kernel of truth' in a survey comparing the active and passive leisure pursuits of female physiotherapy (N = 100) and occupational therapy (N = 107) graduates and undergraduates. Physiotherapists had relatively more active leisure patterns as adolescents and undergraduates. Occupational therapists had relatively passive leisure patterns that persisted after graduation. These findings support the spillover hypothesis of a work-leisure relationship. Following graduation physiotherapists adopted more passive leisure pursuits which supports the compensation theory of leisure. However, physiotherapy graduates felt deprived of sport and experienced less leisure satisfaction than occupational therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Physiotherapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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