Engagement in nature-based outdoor activities can promote youth wellbeing and physiological and psychological health. Youth are partaking in fewer nature-based experiences, and efforts to promote participation in nature-based, outdoor experiences often neglect family involvement, an essential element in positive youth development. This qualitative study of parents of youth ages 10-15 investigated caregiver perceptions of the constraints to participation in nature-based, outdoor experiences. Analysis of semi-structured interviews found that parents identified intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural constraints to participation in nature-based, outdoor experiences. While exploratory in nature, results of this study could be used by recreation managers to improve family-inclusive outdoor recreation experiences.
Anderson, D. M.,
& Barcelona, B.
Parental perceptions of constraints to family participation in nature-based, outdoor experiences.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 7(1), 3–19.