The mediating role of happiness in the effect of leisure boredom perception on life satisfaction
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Keywords:Leisure boredom, happiness, university students, pandemic, life satisfaction
It can be said that the feeling of boredom that students can perceive in their spare time affects their general life satisfaction and has some negative reflections. From this point of view, the purpose of this research is to examine the mediating role of happiness in the effect of students' perceptions of being bored in leisure time on life satisfaction. In the research, a questionnaire form including the perception of boredom in leisure time, life satisfaction and happiness scales and descriptive questions for students was used. The universe of the research consisted of 2627 undergraduate students who were students in the faculties of sports sciences at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Uludağ University and Balıkesir University in the 2021-2022 academic year, while the sample consisted of 612 students determined from this universe. Data analysis of the research was carried out through SPSS and AMOS programs. The significance of the mediating effect was revealed by the Bootstrap method. According to the results of the analysis, LMeaninglessness affects life satisfaction and happiness in a statistically significant and negative way. It was determined that LAmbiguity had a negative total effect on life satisfaction and happiness, but this effect was not statistically significant. On the other hand, it has been determined that happiness has a full mediating role in the effect of LMeaninglessness on life satisfaction. As a result, it was understood that as the perception of boredom in students increased, life satisfaction and happiness decreased. On the other hand, the negative effect of the perception of boredom on life satisfaction can be eliminated by the perception of happiness.
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