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Indiana Outdoor Recreation Survey, 1976 (ICPSR 7805)

Principal Investigator(s): O'Leary, Joseph T., Purdue University. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources; Dottavio, Dominic, Purdue University. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


The purpose of this 1976 telephone survey was to provide Indiana's planners, legislators, and decision-makers with information on Indiana residents' outdoor recreation preferences. The resulting data collection contains information for 5,888 respondents representing 25 state regions and the state as a whole. Variables measure general satisfaction with Indiana's outdoor recreational facilities, outdoor recreational activities engaged in (including with whom, how often, and most popular activity), where activities took place (both in state and out of state), and the importance of 24 factors influencing the decision to select those activities (e.g., time availability, physical exercise, relaxation, and cost). In addition, the data provide socioeconomic and background information on the respondents, e.g., location, years of Indiana residence, community size, sex, age, marital status, race, household size, occupation, occupation prestige score, vacation days, family income, and spouse's age, education, and occupation.

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Study Description


O'Leary, Joseph T., and Dominic Dottavio. Indiana Outdoor Recreation Survey, 1976. ICPSR07805-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1981. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07805.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07805.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    leisure, outdoor recreation, parks, preferences, public opinion, recreation, sports, time utilization, Indiana, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976-09--1976-12

Universe:    Indiana residents, aged 16 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A multistage, random probability sampling was used. The original sample was drawn from the 1,693,294 Indiana households on a list drawn from current auto registration information. Then sampling fractions were calculated for each of 25 Indiana regional economic planning areas, for a total of 572 households per region. Lists of potential addressees, 16 years of age or older, for each region were randomly entered, and each nth name was selected to receive a survey form.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

Version History:

  • 2010-04-30 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.



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