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Title: Recreation and leisure research from an active living perspective: taking a second look at urban trail use data

Author: Gobster, Paul H.;

Date: 2005

Source: Leisure Sciences, 27: 367-383

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: This paper examines recreation and leisure research within the context of active living, and highlights an apparent gap between the current involvement of recreation and leisure researchers and the potential they could offer to this important and expanding area of inquiry. To illustrate this potential, I looked at two previous studies that focused on the recreational use of urban trails and reanalyzed the data from an active living perspective. In Study 1, individual, social and environmental factors helped distinguish between low, moderate, and high activity level trail uses. In Study 2, use patterns helped distinguish between health-motivated trail users and individuals sing trails for recreation and other purposes, but perceptual and demographic data were similar among groups. Findings from similar studies can help inform active living research, and recreation and leisure studies can provide leadership and contributions to a transdisciplinary understanding of active living.

Keywords: physical activity, urban parks, logistic regression, ecological models, Chicago

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Gobster, Paul H. 2005. Recreation and leisure research from an active living perspective: taking a second look at urban trail use data. Leisure Sciences, 27: 367-383


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