Socioeconomic variations in perceived barriers to recreation participation among would‐be participants

Mark S. Searle, Edgar L. Jackson

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The effects of fifteen barriers to participation were examined among people who expressed a desire for but were unable to participate in a new recreational activity. Work commitments, overcrowding of facilities, and lack of partners were the three main barriers. The effects of barriers were not perceived uniformly across the sample but varied between subgroups defined according to socioeconomic variables: The people most likely to be affected by barriers to participation included the poor, the elderly, and single parents. The extent to which recreation practitioners can and should respond to these kinds of research findings is discussed, and several ways in which the effects of barriers to participation might be modified or alleviated are evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-249
Number of pages23
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Barriers
  • Nonparticipation data
  • Reasons for non‐participation
  • Socioeconomic variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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