The influence of various aspects of enjoyment on participation in leisure time physical activity

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Title The influence of various aspects of enjoyment on participation in leisure time physical activity
Author Craike, Melinda J.; Hibbins, Raymond Thomas; Cuskelly, Graham
Journal Name World Leisure Journal
Editor Bohdan Jung; Grant Cushman & Bob Gidlow
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher World Leisure and Recreation Association
Abstract This study examines the direct and indirect influence of various aspects of enjoyment, including activity enjoyment, enjoyment conceptualised as physical/environmental, and enjoyment conceptualised as social interaction, on regular participation in leisure-time physical activity (LTPA). The study was cross-sectional and used self-report questionnaires to collect data from a random sample of 250 people aged 19-87 years living in an Australian city. Questionnaires included demographic items and scales to measure enjoyment of LTPA, prioritisation of LTPA and regularity of participation in LTPA. The findings suggest that the influence of enjoyment on participation in LTPA is complex. Aspects of enjoyment have varying levels of influence on participation in LTPA and this influence is indirect through preference for LTPA, life priority of LTPA and making time for LTPA. Policies, programs and strategies by government and practitioners that aim to increase participation in LTPA should primarily aim to enhance activity enjoyment, rather than focusing on other aspects of participation. Theoretically, this study suggests that enjoyment is a multidimensional concept and that enjoyment is a part of a larger decision-making process influencing participation in LTPA.
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Volume 52
Issue Number 1
Page from 20
Page to 33
ISSN 0441-9057
Date Accessioned 2010-11-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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