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Texas Recreation Participation Survey, 1980 (ICPSR 7847)

Principal Investigator(s): Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


This study was conducted to collect outdoor recreation participation data to contribute to the creation of a 1985 outdoor recreation plan for the state of Texas. During July and August 1980, telephone interviews were administered to 12,866 Texas residents regarding their outdoor recreation behavior in public areas over the previous 12 months. Some respondents also were asked to provide information about other members of the household. Variables in the dataset describe amount of state park use, recreation activity preferences, and participation rates for 23 specific outdoor activities, including team sports and games (e.g., tennis, football, and playground activities), fresh water and ocean sports (e.g., canoeing, kayaking, and fishing), camping, hiking, hunting, off-road motorcycling, horseback riding, backpacking, and picnicking. Background information includes county of residence and ethnic origin of respondent, as well as sex and age of respondent and household members.

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Study Description


Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. TEXAS RECREATION PARTICIPATION SURVEY, 1980. Austin, TX: Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. [producer], 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07847.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07847.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    backpacking, baseball, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, family life, leisure, outdoor recreation, parks, participation, preferences, social attitudes, social behavior, sports participation, sports, Texas, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980-07--1980-08

Universe:    Persons aged 13 and over living in Texas with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The survey was administered in three versions, differing in the order of question presentation and the total number of questions, and in Spanish as necessary. Data from all three versions are integrated into one file.


Sample:    The sample was geographically stratified using the 24 intra-state regions of the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. Approximately 500 respondents were selected by calling randomly generated telephone numbers provided by a specially designed computer program. Quotas were assigned by sex, age group (child, teen, adult), and ethnic origin according to the existing composition of each of the 24 geographic strata.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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