Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Advisor

Schmalz, Dorothy

Committee Member

Wright , Brett

Committee Member

Hill , Brian

Committee Member

Williams , Joel

Abstract

Family recreation is an important part of life for many families, but many people may not be participating in as much family recreation as they would like, or some people may not be enjoying the family recreation activities in which they participate. The purpose of this study was to develop a framework for providing family recreation activities that can help all family members have enjoyable experiences. Ecological theory and leisure constraints theory were used to frame the study. The family accessibility conceptual framework was developed, tested, and modified for providing family recreation activities. A collective case study was conducted using multiple sources of data to develop the family recreation framework. Printed material (i.e. flyers, brochures, information online) and photographs taken at each organization were analyzed, and interviews were conducted with both recreation providers who facilitate family experiences and parents of families who participate in these experiences. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Findings can be used to help providers in a variety of settings facilitate more enjoyable recreation experiences for families.

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