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How is setting preference related to intention to engage in forest recreation activities?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, ISSN 1618-8667, E-ISSN 1610-8167, Vol. 12, no 4, 481-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban forests provide opportunities for outdoor recreation to many people. Knowledge of the motives for visiting forests is needed for the planning and management of these forests. Since forests are used for a diverse set of recreational activities, however, the motives for different activities are multifaceted. To explore recreational motives, this scene preference study conducted in Sweden examined relations between setting evaluations (i.e., mystery, legibility, valence, and activation), setting preference, general forest perceptions, and intention to engage in forest activities. Two alternative models were examined in relation to five different activities: walking, going on outings, exercising, picking berries or mushrooms, and studying plants and animals. Results revealed that preference mediated between setting evaluations and intention to go on outings, whereas setting evaluations were direct predictors of intention to walk and exercise. However, the models did not describe antecedents of intention to pick berries or mushrooms, or to study plants and animals, satisfactorily. In addition, general forest perceptions, particularly emphasising the restorative qualities of forests, were important for intention to engage in all the examined recreation activities. Results are discussed in relation to landscape preference research and attitude-behaviour theory. In addition, practical implications for encouraging forest recreation are highlighted.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 12, no 4, 481-489 p.
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Forest recreation activities, General forest perceptions, Preference, Setting evaluations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84932DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2013.07.004ISI: 000328526300009OAI: diva2:690066
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2014-03-27Bibliographically approved

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