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Patterns and Determinants of Recreational Behaviour in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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  • Victor OBINNA

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    (Rivers State University of Science and Technology, PMB 5080, Nkpolu – Oroworukwo, PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

  • Opuene OWEI

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    (Rivers State University of Science and Technology, PMB 5080, Nkpolu – Oroworukwo, PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

  • Aroyehun AYODELE

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    (Rivers State University of Science and Technology, PMB 5080, Nkpolu – Oroworukwo, PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

  • Ikechi OKWAKPAM

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    (Rivers State University of Science and Technology, PMB 5080, Nkpolu – Oroworukwo, PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria)

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    Abstract

    By surveying a 5% probability sample of residential clusters, yielding 369 residents in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, this study has ascertained actual recreational behaviour of the residents; determinants of recreational behaviour; perceived adequacy/inadequacy of government provision of recreational facilities; and residents’ suggestions for improvement of recreational facilities. It was found, amongst others, that weekly participation in passive (outdoor) recreation averaged 3.7 hours and 2.5 hours for females and males, respectively; the corresponding figures for passive (indoor) recreation were 35.2 hours and 43.9 hours. For active (outdoor) recreation males and females averaged 8.9 hours and 5.3 hours, respectively. The corresponding figures for active (indoor) recreation were 5.3 hours and 6.2 hours. Of 5 personality variables, income was the most potent in explaining recreational behaviour. About one half and 43.3% of residents considered government-provided indoor and outdoor recreational facilities inadequate, respectively, demonstrating the need for government to play more active roles in (i) providing recreational facilities; and (ii) encouraging recreational participation, considering its well-known benefits.

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    Article provided by Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania in its journal Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3(12) (August)
    Pages: 150-165

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    Keywords: Leisure Time; Recreation; Participation; Recreational Demand; Multiple Classification Analysis;

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