The Relationship Between Father Involvement in Family Leisure and Family Functioning: The Importance of Daily Family Leisure


family functioning, family leisure, family leisure satisfaction, father involvement


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between fathers’ involvement in family leisure and aspects of family functioning from both a father and young adolescent perspective. The sample consisted of fathers and their adolescent child from 647 families throughout the United States. Results from both the father and youth perspective indicated significant relationships between father involvement in both core and balance family leisure with family cohesion, family adaptability, and overall family functioning. Satisfaction with core family leisure that included the father's involvement was the single strongest predictor of all aspects of family functioning from both perspectives highlighting the importance of regularly occurring home-based family activities such as eating dinner together, participating in hobbies and informal sports or yard activities together, watching television together, or playing board games and video games together. Discussion and implications for fathers, families, practitioners, and future research are presented.

Original Publication Citation

Buswell, L., Zabriskie, R. B., Lundberg, N., & Hawkins, A. (2012). Contributions of father involvement in family leisure to family functioning: The importance of daily family leisure. Leisure Sciences, 34(1), 1-19.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Leisure Sciences




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor