The aim of this study was to analyze participation in campus recreational sport activities, leisure negotiation, self-esteem and life satisfaction in university students. Population of the study consisted of 3625 students from Akdeniz University who were attending elective physical education lectures. Sample of the study was 694 individuals with a mean age of 21.20±2.06. The questionnaire used for data collection consisted of demographic information, information about participation in recreational activities, “Leisure Negotiation Strategies Scale”, “Rosenberg’s Self-esteem Scale” and “Satisfaction with Life Scale”. In statistical analyses, descriptive statistics, Spearman correlation coefficient and logistic regression were used. Negative significant correlations were obtained between self-esteem scores and skill acquisition, physical fitness, financial management and leisure negotiation total mean scores showing a positive relationship between self-esteem level and these leisure negotiation strategies. Positive significant correlations were obtained between life satisfaction and all leisure negotiation strategies mean scores except time management strategies mean score. Recommendations of future research will be to inquire these relationships in different populations and making comparisons according to demographic variables.
Campus recreation, leisure participation, leisure constraints, leisure negotiation strategies, self-esteem, life satisfaction