Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1986
Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
201 Mateer Building
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Adolescents, leisure and health; leisure education, prevention research, and the developmental affordances of leisure
Examples of Current Prevention Projects
Start Date: 2010
National Institute on Drug Abuse
In the second phase of the HealthWise project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Penn State and its partners in South Africa will continue their work to: (1) advance Type 2 translational science and theory building by (2) targeting risk and protective factors for substance abuse and sexual risk (e.g., HIV/AIDS) among 8th- and 9th-grade South African youth.
Caldwell, L.L., Baldwin, C.K., Walls, T., & Smith, E. A. (2004). Preliminary effects of a leisure education program to promote healthy use of free time among middle school adolescents. Journal of Leisure Research, 36, 310-335.
Caldwell, L. L. (accepted). Leisure and health: Why is leisure therapeutic? British Journal of Counseling and Psychology.
Godbey, G., Caldwell, L. L., Floyd, M., & Payne, L. (accepted). Implications from leisure studies and recreation and park management research for active living. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., Mpofu, E., Flisher, A., & Matthews, C. (accepted). HealthWise South Africa: Developing a Life Skills curriculum for young adults. World Leisure Journal.