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Access to outdoor recreation by older people in Scotland

DescriptionThis report details research on access to outdoor recreation for older people.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 25, 2016


Report for Rural Communities Research, Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division, The Scottish Government

Authors: Kathryn Colley, Margaret Currie, Jonathan Hopkins, Patricia Melo
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) Group
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen.

ISBN 978 1 78652 212 2
ISSN 2045 6964
PPDAS 68679

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Executive Summary

1. Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Objectives and research questions
1.3 Structure of the report

2. Spatial distribution of older people and disability in Scotland
2.1 Aim and approach
2.2 Findings
2.2.1 Analysis by age
2.2.2 Analysis by age and disability
2.2.3 Summary of main findings

3. Barriers to outdoor recreation for older people
3.1 Aim and research questions
3.2 Methods
3.2.1 Case study design
3.2.2 Recruitment and participants
3.2.3 Data collection and ethics
3.3 Findings
3.3.1 Current engagement in outdoor recreation
3.3.2 Barriers to participation in outdoor recreation
3.3.3 Moments of change
3.3.4 Awareness of and attitudes towards interventions
3.4 Limitations

4. Conclusions

5. Recommendations for policy and practice



Appendix A: Data sources for mapping and spatial analysis

Appendix B: Mapping and spatial analysis by age and disability - additional indicators

Appendix C: Project information sheet

Appendix D: Interview schedule

Appendix E: Interview consent form

How to access background or source data

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Publications Website