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Boredom: More than "Nothing to Do" Clark, Mary 2008-01-23

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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 arousal- producing 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 Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins 1999 ‹ Perceived freedom in leisure ‹ Leisure identity ‹ Life view ‹ Watching TV ‹ Perception of health ‹ Recreation participation ‹ Income ‹ Length of time since injury Predicting Boredom after SCI Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins 1999 ‹Perceived freedom in leisure ‹Leisure identity ‹Life view ‹Watching TV ‹Perception of health ‹Recreation participation ‹Income ‹Length of time since injury Predicting Boredom after SCI Lee, Mittelstardt and Askins 1999 ‹Perceived freedom in leisure ‹Leisure identity ‹Life view ‹Watching TV ‹Perception of health ‹Recreation participation ‹Income ‹Length of time since injury Tools for You ‹Back to the basics: ‹Education ‹Perceptions ‹Freedom in Leisure ‹Life View Action Thoughts Feelings 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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