GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (4): 971-987.doi: 10.11821/dlyj020180660

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The influence of multidimensional deconstruction of stressors on enhancing urban residents' well-being: From the perspective of rural tourism and leisure involvement

Yuangang ZHANG1,2(), IpKin Anthony WONG3(), Jingjing CHENG2, Xiangyang YU2, Xi CHEN1   

  1. 1. Faculty of International Tourism and Management, City University of Macau, Macau 999078, China
    2. School of Tourism, Huangshan University, Huangshan 245021, Anhui, China
    3. School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2018-07-02 Revised:2018-10-08 Online:2019-04-20 Published:2019-04-20


In recent years, the well-being of residents has attracted increasing attention from the public. Previous studies have focused on the impact of large-scale space environment on urban residents' well-being by analyzing the natural environment, social and humanistic environment and the process of urbanization. Few studies have conducted research on the mechanism of urban residents' well-being from the perspective of rural tourism. Based on SEM, this study explores how rural tourism and leisure involvement enhance well-being of urban residents who are under multidimensional stress. SEM shows that: (1) Stressor has a significant positive impact on the adjustment strategy, but not significant to leisure involvement. The impact on different groups is significant. Stress adjustment has a significant positive effect on leisure involvement. (2) Leisure involvement has a significant positive relationship with flow experience and well-being. Flow experience has a significant positive impact on wellbeing. (3) Flow experience has a significant positive impact on leisure benefits, which then have a positive impact on well-being. (4) Flow experience has a significant mediating effect on leisure involvement and well-being. Leisure benefits have a significant mediating effect on flow experience and well-being. (5) There are significant differences in stress adjustment, leisure involvement and well-being among different tourist groups.

Key words: stressor, leisure involvement, well-being, rural tourism, urban residents