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ERIC Number: ED454021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Pages: 9
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Testing the Adventure Recreation Model: A Replication with Subjects Involved in a Required Outdoor Experience.
Anderson, Lynn; Anderson, Dale; Young, Anderson
In 1989, Ewert and Hollenhorst proposed the Adventure Recreation Model to describe participant characteristics, behaviors, and motivations with regard to adventure recreation activities. The model relates participant attributes (frequency of participation, skill and experience level, locus of control, and motivation factors) to activity/setting attributes (level of risk, social orientation, and environmental orientation) and categorizes participants by level of engagement. The model can help managers design, target, and manage programs to better meet participant needs and can help researchers understand adventure recreation behavior. The present study surveyed 60 undergraduate recreation majors taking a required outdoor course. Subjects were 62 percent female and had a mean age of 23. As in the original study, participant's level of engagement was related to skill, locus of decision making, environmental preferences, preferred risk level, and willingness to participate with peers. In contrast to the original study, no relationship was found between level of engagement and "participation by oneself," and stronger relationships were found between engagement and various motivational factors. While validating some aspects of the model, the results also raise fundamental questions about the model. Participant's preferred level of risk may better explain adventure recreation behavior than does level of engagement. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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