Date of Award

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Advisor

Anderson, Denise

Committee Member

Barcelona , Robert

Committee Member

Anderson , Dan

Abstract

ABSTRACT
Personal causation has been the subject of scholarly inquiry for some time. The theory of planned behavior attributes behavioral intentions to influences of subjective norms, attitudes, and perceived behavioral control (PBC). Behavior may be influenced by the pressure of important others, personal feelings toward the behavior, and people's perception of performing a behavior with ease. Self-efficacy refers to an individual's confidence in his or her ability to perform a given behavior that leads to a specific outcome. This study explored the connection between behavioral intention and activity persistence via an adapted model of the theory of planned behavior by adding the construct of self-efficacy. Leisure Skills courses at Clemson University, which provide skill development in a variety of recreation pursuits, served as the setting for the study. Quantitative analyses were employed to understand the influences of behavioral intentions to persist in recreation activities. Four categories of activities were examined in this study: outdoor recreation, sport, personal maintenance, and dance. Results provided insight to the motivating factors of college students' engagement in collegiate recreation class activities and also provided potential programming delivery ideas.

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