Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(5), pp. 468-472, May 2012         
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Availability and use of leisure time in students of an Argentinean Medical School: a contribution pursuing wellbeing

Norberto David Bassan1, *Alberto Enrique D’Ottavio2,3, Miguel Ángel Vinuesa1,2, Oraldo Francisco Soldano1,2, Maria Cristina Mónaco1, María Robotti1, Estefanía Casadei1, Elisa Novatti1, Agustina Parra1

1Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Rosario, Argentina

2Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina

3Consejo de Investigaciones, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina

*Corresponding Author E-mail:; Tel: 54-0341-4556101

Received 21 April, 2012; Accepted May 03, 2012


Leisure time particularly comprises the lapses preceding and succeeding usual activities as eating, sleeping and those related with personal hygiene and education, when compulsory.  This paper aims to analyze the availability and use of leisure in a group of Argentinean medical students, correlate it with demographic data, compare the obtained results with those in other societies, and to formulate a challenge to design related strategies. The study, descriptive and transversal, was performed through a poll applied to 82 medical students of both sexes coursing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. Males and females evidenced higher availability when days of the week and coursed year were respectively considered, seemed to prefer social and cultural daily activities and sports ones when carried out twice or thrice per week. 60% of them performed sports activities, specially walking, gym and running whilst  85% of them carried out cultural and social activities prevailing respectively watching TV and listening music as well as mobile phone communication, sharing time with friends, being in family and on line chat. The remarkable period of leisure time of the analyzed students makes possible a systematic planning for increasing their wellbeing.


Keywords: Availability, Use, Leisure time, Undergraduate, Medicine, Argentina.

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