The aim of this study is to examine the perceived health outcomes, happiness and self-esteem levels of individuals participating in recreational activities according to some variables and to determine the relationship among these three dependent variables. The study group of the research consists of 564 (335 female, 229 male) individuals participating in recreational activities. In this study, the “Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale (PHORS), the “Oxford Happiness Questionnaire Short Form (OHQ-SF)” and the “Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES)” were used as data collection tools. In the study, descriptive statistical methods (percentage, frequency, mean, standard deviation), independent sample T-test and multidirectional analysis of variance (MANOVA) were used to analyze the data. Depending on the findings there was a significant difference according to the educational status variable in the sub-dimension "realization of a psychological experience " of PHORS, but there was no significant difference in the variables of sex and age group in all sub-dimensions of PHORS. On the other hand, no significant difference was found in the variables of sex, educational status and age group in RSES and OHQ-SF. The results of the correlation analysis showed that all sub-dimensions of PHORS were in a significant and negative relationship with self-esteem. In addition, it has been determined that all sub-dimensions of PHORS are in a significant and positive relationship with happiness.
Recreation, perceived health outcomes, self-esteem, happiness.