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Patterns of use in an urban natural park setting

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dc.contributor.advisor Darley, James A.
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Nickerson, Shannon Lee
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:07Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.other SB485 H3 N53 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22463
dc.description 105 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Running title: Patterns of park use.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 81-82).
dc.description.abstract The variables associated with park use in an urban natural environment were examined in two studies, with a focus on (a) the effects of age, gender, and group size on activity; and (b) the effects of these demographic variables and activity on intended park destinations. The first study surveyed 150 patrons of Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 75 males and 75 female park patrons participated. The results of Study 1 were limited, but a factor analysis yielded 5 environment types (edges, roads, paths, historical sites, and miscellaneous sites) that were used in some of the analyses of Study 2. The second study explored the same effects as Study 1, but utilized naturalistic observations of over 5000 park patrons in Point Pleasant Park. The observational data supported some of the expected effects for the demographic variables as predictors of activity. As expected, edge environments were most generally preferred, but there was also support for the effects of the demographic variables on environment preference such that there was a curvilinear relationship between age and presence in edge environments. The results are discussed in terms of the extent to which the park is utilized and by whom.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc SB485.H3
dc.subject.lcsh Parks -- Public use -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax
dc.subject.lcsh Recreation areas -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Point Pleasant Park (Halifax, N.S.)
dc.title Patterns of use in an urban natural park setting
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)

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