ERIC Number: ED206523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Leisure Participation in the South: Volume III--Summary. Final Report.
Orend, Richard J.
This document contains the appendices of a study undertaken to determine the nature of popular interest in and demand for cultural and artistic activities in 13 southen states. The general objective of the study was to provide information to policy makers on public opinion regarding the relative merits of "elitist activities" (high cultural activities such as attending operas and art galleries), and "popular activities" (a broader range of art and leisure-related activities such as camping) to development of policy on the arts. Data regarding current and likely future arts/leisure activities were collected in a self-administered mail survey of a probability sample for 13 southern states. A total of 3,196 questionnaires was delivered to potential respondents and 1,684 questionnaires were returned completed. This summary of leisure participation in the South is presented in four major sections. In Section I, the research study is introduced and the objectives and methodology are discussed. In Section II, results are summarized pertaining to various propositions about the patterns of leisure behavior and the desire to increase participation in various types of leisure/arts activities. Section III offers a summary of analyses of the structure of leisure participation in the South. The final section presents tables of data on the proportion and average of individuals participating in various leisure activites during a 12 month period, strength of desire to increase participation in various activities, reasons for increasing or not increasing activity, and participation clusters. Major conclusions of the study were that the demand for increased participation in each activity generally follows current participation patterns and that historical participation levels are the best predictors of future participation. The document concludes with an appendix which contains a table of contents, a list of tables, and a sample of the questionnaire. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.