Family recreation: A study of visitors who travel with children

Bob Lee, Alan Graefe, Robert Burns

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Family recreation has been recognized as an effective vehicle in the provision of family customs and promotion of healthy youth development. In particular, outdoor-based recreation with its inherent challenges often offers opportunities for a family to grow together and maintain cohesive-ness. Building on antecedent research, this study attempts to explore factors associated with the motivation for the outdoor-based family recreation participation. Further, the preference of activity involvement between visitors who travel with at least one child versus visitors without youth was also examined. A total 1282 surveys were administrated and analyzed. The results indicate that visitors who travel with a child are significantly different from those who travel without youth in their motivations and activity preferences. Research limitations and implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Leisure Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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