Journal article

The safety attitudes of people who use multi-purpose recreation facilities as a physical activity setting

Caroline F Finch, Leonie Otago, Peta White, Alex Donaldson, Mary Mahoney

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INJURY CONTROL AND SAFETY PROMOTION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

Multi-purpose recreation facilities (MPRFs) are a popular setting for physical activity and it is therefore important that they are safe for all patrons. However, the attitudes of MPRF users towards safety are a potential barrier to the success of injury prevention programmes implemented within MPRFs. This article reports a survey of the safety attitudes of over 700 users of four indoor MPRFs. Factor analysis of 12 five-point Likert scale statements showed that the attitudes clustered around three major dimensions - the importance of safety, the benefits of safety and the perceptions of injury risk. Together, these three dimensions accounted for 49% of the variability in the attitudes. More ..

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