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Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research
ISSN 1942-6879
Volume 5, Number 1, 2014


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Job Satisfaction Among Outfitters: An Exploratory Study
Stephen L. Eliason

The state of Montana is a prime destination for those who are interested in fishing and hunting activities. Outfitters operate statewide to provide guiding services to hunters and anglers, yet scant research has been directed toward the outfitting industry. Little is known about the attitudes of outfitters including the perceptions they hold toward their job. Using a symbolic interaction theoretical perspective, this study took a qualitative approach to data collection and examined job satisfaction among outfitters. Most outfitters found the job satisfying and would choose the job again if given the opportuni-ty. The findings contribute to a greater understanding of the job of outfitter.

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Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trail Hikers: A Comparison of Benefits and Motivations
Eddie Hill, Edwin Gomez, Marni Goldenberg, Barbara Freidt, Stephanie Fellows, and Laura Hill

The Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) are two scenic trails named in the National Trails System Act of 1968. Recently, trails and footpaths have been used to promote such benefits as healthy lifestyles, sense of community, and an increased quality of life. The purpose of this study was to compare the motivations and benefits from hikers of the AT and the PCT. Grounded in Driver's benefits model and means-end theory, and using an Internet questionnaire, 766 usable questionnaires were collected. Significant differences were found between AT and PCT users who: hike to prevent a worse health condition; seek motivational attributes (e.g. scenic beauty); pursue motivational consequences (e.g. physical activity); and perceive motivational values (e.g. increasing self-esteem).
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Personhood, Flourishing, Disability, Leisure, and a Profession
James B. Wise

The purpose of this article is to articulate a philosophical foundation for a profession aimed at enhancing the well-being or flourishing of people with disabilities through engagement in leisure practices. The core beliefs comprising the foundation are that people with disabilities are human beings who can flourish and experience leisure; leisure is essential to flourishing; and leisure promotes flourishing among people with disabilities. These beliefs emerged from an examination of the interrelationships among flourishing, people with disabilities, and leisure. The article concludes with a discussion of how the philosophical foundation meshes with the profession of thera-peutic recreation and how the core beliefs guide the efforts of professionals who choose to promote human flourishing through leisure.

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