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    Author(s): Po-Ju Chen; Deborah Kerstetter; Linda Caldwell
    Date: 2001
    Source: In: Kyle, Gerard, comp., ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 89-93
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The travel decision-making process is influenced by a number of factors. One of the most important yet infrequently studied factors is "perceived constraints." Nearly a decade ago Crawford, Jackson and Godbey (1991) developed a framework to guide constraints research. Numerous authors have utilized this framework but results have suggested that individuals' perceptions of constraints differ based on study setting and method of data collection (e.g., questionnaire vs. interview). Hence, the purpose of this study was to use a multi-method approach (both quantitative and qualitative) to assess perceived constraints to visitation among a sample of Pennsylvania residents. Results indicated that individuals' are not consistent in their response to constraint questions and that their interpretation of a constraining item varies. The information presented in this paper will challenge traditional notions about constraints.

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    Chen, Po-Ju; Kerstetter, Deborah; Caldwell, Linda. 2001. Individuals'' interpretation of constraints: a new perspective on existing theory. In: Kyle, Gerard, comp., ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 2000 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-276. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 89-93

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