ERIC Number: ED126079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Relationships Among Athletic Experience Risk Taking and Interpersonal Behavior of Public Recreation Administrators.
Rith, Donald G.
This study investigates the relationships that exist between the amount of formal athletic experience of recreation administrators and (1) their scores on interpersonal relations questionnaires and (2) their propensity towards risk-taking. The subjects are 545 practicing professional public recreation administrators located throughout the United States who responded to three questionnaires sent by mail. The three questionnaires used to gather the data are: (1) the Personal Data and Athletic Experience Questionnaire; (2) the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation Questionnaire; and (3) the Kogan-Wallach Dilemma-of-Choice Questionnaire. An analysis of the data reveals a significant but low positive relationship between recreation administrators' amount of athletic experience and their interpersonal relations affection scores. However, no general evidence was found to support the hypothesis that recreation administrators who have had extensive athletic experience will exhibit a greater propensity for risk-taking than those who have had little or no such experience. Also, no general evidence supports the idea that recreation administrators with only team sports experience will differ from recreation administrators with only individual sports experience in risk-taking propensity. Recreation administrators who tend to score high on risk-taking propensity (low scores) appear to seek control over other persons and appear to be somewhat unconcerned about other persons liking them. Finally, it is evident that recreation administrators have a rich background of formal athletic participation. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the NRPA Convention (Denver, Colorado, 1974) and at the Mid-West AAHPER Convention (Kansas, 1975)