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Title: Privacy functions and wilderness recreation: Use density and length of stay effects on experience

Author: Cole, David N.; Hall, Troy E.;

Date: 2010

Source: Ecopsychology. 2(2): 67-75.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Privacy and its functions are desirable attributes of the human experience in wilderness areas, where outstanding opportunities for solitude is legally mandated. Privacy, the ability to choose how and when to interact and exchange information with other people, enhances opportunities for both personal growth and interaction with the wilderness environment. This study assessed the effect of use level and length of stay on the degree to which privacy and its functions were experienced on wilderness trips. Factor analysis identified one privacy experience factor and two privacy function factors, release, and personal growth. Compared to more heavily used trails, hikers on less congested trails experienced more privacy - being significantly more likely to experience "solitude," being "away from crowds of people," and "feeling isolated." But there was no difference related to use level in achieving the beneficial functions of privacy. Hikers on longer trips experienced both more privacy and more of the beneficial functions of privacy - release and personal growth.

Keywords: privacy, wilderness recreation, Use density, length of stay

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Cole, David N.; Hall, Troy E. 2010. Privacy functions and wilderness recreation: Use density and length of stay effects on experience. Ecopsychology. 2(2): 67-75.


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