An Investigation Into the Relationship Between Playfulness and Well-being in Australian Adults: An Exploratory Study

Arlena Farley, Ann Kennedy-Behr, Ted Brown

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Playfulness is well researched in children; however, much less is known about its impact on the well-being of adults. To investigate the relationship between playfulness and well-being in Australian adults. Participants (N = 175) completed the Other-directed, Lighthearted, Intellectual, and Whimsical (OLIW) scale for playfulness and the Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, and Accomplishment (PERMA-Profiler) scale for well-being through an online survey. Multiple regression analyses with bootstrapping were completed to investigate whether playfulness predicted well-being. Six of the eight regression models analyzed contained significant predictors of well-being in adults. Adult playfulness exhibited the most robust positive relations with positive emotion, engagement while with others and during activities, relationships, finding meaning in one’s life, and overall well-being. Playfulness was significantly related to several different indicators of well-being in adults. Therefore, incorporating elements of playfulness during occupational engagement could potentially nurture an individual’s well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalOTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Jul 2020


  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • social participation


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Virtual OT Exchange 2020

Arlena Farley (Speaker), Ted Brown (Speaker) & Ann Kennedy-Behr (Speaker)

14 Sep 202015 Sep 2020

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