This research tested the relationships between benefits sought during a recreation experience, recreation activities, and user group characteristics. The data comes from an on-site self-administered survey of visitors to 13 parks in Southeast Michigan. One way analysis of variance, Scheffe's test, and Linear Regression were used to test the research objectives. The importance of different benefits varied according to user group characteristics and activities. Activity variables slightly outperformed group characteristics in predicting benefit ratings, with one exception. Groups with women rated nature enjoyment higher than men. Male only groups rated excitement higher. Socializing was rated more important by larger groups. Trail and "winter activity participants sought exercise and nature enjoyment. Visitors engaged in general and water-related activities cited socializing and enjoying nature as most important.
Wisnom, Mary Stuart
"Recreation Benefits Sought by Activity and User Groups,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 18
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol18/iss2/6