This study examined leisure and subjective well-being (SWB) of Korean transnational-split families (KTSF) who live in Korea and the U.S. Using data collected from an online survey, hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to test seven hypotheses related to the affective components of the SWB of KTSF. Income, frequency of family communication, marital satisfaction, and the size of leisure repertoire were significantly associated with the positive affect of KTSF. The amount of leisure time and the frequency of leisure involvement were not significant. Two regression models were tested to understand the differential validity of the time and frequency of six different types of leisure activities on positive affect. The leisure time and frequency of Hobbies and Other Activities were significant, while other activity types were not. These findings were discussed in light of the existing SWB and transnationalism literature, the qualitative aspects of leisure experience, and the life circumstances of KTSF.
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This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2017S1A2A2041103).
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Listening to music
Playing board or table games
Surfing websites for leisure
Playing computer or video games
Social networking (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, tweeting)
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Walking for pleasure
Hobbies and Other Activities
Socializing with family
Socializing with friends
Going to movies
Visiting museums/art exhibitions
Going to concerts/plays/operas
Playing musical instruments
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Lee, K.J., Hwang, S. & Stodolska, M. Leisure and subjective well-being of parents of Korean transnational-split families. Curr Psychol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-00852-8
- Korean transnational-split family
- Kirogi family
- Subjective well-being