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    Author(s): Dorothy L. Schmalz; Deborah L. Kerstetter; Harry C. Zinn
    Date: 2002
    Source: In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 81-84.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    This study was an investigation of a free choice program and the benefits free choice yields on the developing characteristics of self-esteem and intrinsic motivation among adolescent girls. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected at Brown Ledge Camp, an all girls summer camp outside of Burlington, Vermont, during the summer of 2000. Quantitative results indicate that intrinsic motivation increases over the course of the free choice program. The qualitative data appears to support the literature that both intrinsic motivation and self-esteem increase when participants are given the freedom to make their own recreation participation decisions.

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    Schmalz, Dorothy L.; Kerstetter, Deborah L.; Zinn, Harry C. 2002. Unique programming: an examination of the benefits of a free choice program. In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 81-84.

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