Crafting well-being : meanings and intentions of stay-at-home mothers' craft-based leisure activity
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CitationPöllänen Sinikka. Voutilainen Laura. (2017). Crafting well-being : meanings and intentions of stay-at-home mothers' craft-based leisure activity. Leisure Sciences, [Epub ahead of print 12 July 2017], 10.1080/01490400.2017.1325801.
The purpose of this study was to explore the meanings of and intentions behind craft-based leisure activities among stay-at-home mothers. The study attempts to shed light on the meanings of craft in relation to the participants’ and their families’ well-being. This qualitative study was based on the written narratives of 34 stay-at-home mothers, ages 23–40. The meanings of craft-making was described by home centeredness, items as personal fingerprints, mental resources, personal growth and identity, and social relationships. The intentions behind crafting were to help the stay-at-home mothers escape their daily worries, to pursue craft as a form of enjoying their family-centric life, and to enhance self-realization without the added stress of having to do so while negotiating their family's needs. The findings revealed that although the participants’ intentions were to enhance their subjective well-being, they in fact reflected their concern for the well-being of their families.