I am reposting this as a standard survey reminder. Thank you to all those who have participated so far. Those who have not yet participated, please consider doing so. Thank you.
Please consider participating in a survey on how people perceive risks associated with outdoor activities.
Further information is below. The survey can be found at this link and is for people aged 18 and over:
Why am I asking this?
I am teaching the course Social Psychology of Risk offered by Charles Sturt University (Australia) as part of the degree Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation. A whole section of this course is dedicated to the psychological / mental health benefits / sense of empowerment that participants can derive from these activities.
While research has looked at participants in specific activities, we have no real idea how the wider public perceives the risks associated with outdoor activities. Indeed, most people seem to assume that only adrenalin junkies and alpha-fe/males engage in many outdoor adventure recreation activities. To move beyond mere assumptions, I have designed and distributed a survey.
Can you please consider the survey. It consists of a front end with some general demographic questions and then general attitudes towards Outdoor Recreation activities, followed by questions regarding specific activities. Some of these specific activities require social interaction, others do not.
The survey has been approved by Charles Sturt University’s Ethics in Human Research Committee.
The background to the project as well as the participant information sheet can be found here:
Participation in the survey is purely voluntary and all responses are anonymous.
What will happen with the data?
The survey data will be used by students to design Adventure Outdoor Recreation Programs for specific cohorts (as part of their final assessment) and I will be using the data to write several research overviews. These will inform the profession and will also inform the training of future outdoor guides, activity leaders and outdoor activity providers. When the analysis is completed, I will be only too happy to report back in this subReddit.
Here is link for the survey again:
Please note that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. It is all about your personal perception of risk.
The survey should take about 20-25 min to complete. I am fully aware that it is a complex and detailed questionnaire, and thus its completion requires some time commitment, but I can assure you that this detail is necessary in order to be able to carry out a nuanced analysis.
Mobile device users please be aware that SurveyMonkey may display not all of the answers on page on your screen and you may have to scroll horizontally or down as well to see everything. I apologise for this issue that seems to be beyond my control.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration.
A/Prof Dirk HR Spennemann
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