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Original scientific paper

Leisure Sickness: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Guus L. Van Heck ; Department of Psychology and Health, Tilburg University
Ad J.J.M. Vingerhoets orcid id ; Department of Psychology and Health, Tilburg University

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Leisure and vacation are generally associated with feelings of relaxation and well-being. However, there is also evidence suggesting that some people feel particularly ill and develop symptoms especially during weekends and vacations. The focal points of this article are the exploration of the antecedents and consequences of this phenomenon, pointing out the need of systematic research on its prevalence, phenomenology, background, and the putative mechanisms involved. The paper concludes with a discussion of some possible effective interventions.


leisure sickness; biopsychosocial perspective; interventions

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