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Boredom: More than "Nothing to Do" Clark, Mary Jan 23, 2008

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Boredom more than “Nothing to do”  What we’ll cover… Boring Boredom 5 types of Boredom Predicting Boredom Tools for you!  What is boredom?  What is the opposite of Boredom?  A Boring definition… ‹A  mismatch between desired arousalproducing characteristics of leisure experiences, and perceptual or actual availability of such leisure experiences (Iso-Ahola & Weissinger, 1990)  What we know about Boredom ‹ can  negatively influence human growth and development ‹ have 3-4 more hours per day of free time than non-disabled ‹ psychological construct closest to boredom is depression Patrick, 1982  Types of Boredom ‹ Response ‹ Chronic  Response Boredom ‹ reaction  to a routine, “same old”, or un-stimulating environment ‹ response boredom is a normal part of being in a hospital ‹  However, habits to cope with boredom are learned!  Chronically Bored Personality ‹ locus  of cause is internal ‹ Independent of the stimulus quality of the environment ‹ Needs things to be “just right” ‹ May become a help-rejecting complainer ‹ Feels interest in nothing because they can sustain no interest  Types of Boredom: Perceptual Based ‹ Narrow  Tolerance ‹ Collapsed ‹ Novice Phobic  Predicting Boredom after SCI  1999  Perceived freedom in leisure ‹ Leisure identity ‹ Life view ‹ Watching TV ‹ Perception of health ‹ Recreation participation ‹ Income ‹ Length of time since injury ‹  Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins  Predicting Boredom after SCI ‹Perceived ‹Leisure ‹Life  freedom in leisure  identity  view  ‹Watching  TV  ‹Perception  of health  ‹Recreation  participation  ‹Income ‹Length  of time since injury  Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins 1999  Predicting Boredom after SCI ‹Perceived ‹Leisure ‹Life  freedom in leisure  identity  view  ‹Watching  TV  ‹Perception  of health  ‹Recreation  participation  ‹Income ‹Length  of time since injury  Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins 1999  Tools for You ‹ Back  to the basics: ‹ Education ‹ Perceptions ‹Freedom in Leisure ‹Life View  Action  Feelings Thoughts  Tools for you ‹ Tell  their Recreation Therapist ‹ Frame conversations to focus on things to look forward or that challenge perceptions ‹ Recommend a TV diet  Tools for you • Avoid the “try it, you’ll like it” cardboard cut out response • Hear the issues – rarely “nothing to do” • Encourage personal responsibility for boredom - “Free Time Planning” leisure education – Thursdays at 1pm in room 250  Summary ‹ So  what? ‹ Now what?  


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