Department of Geography
Recreation conflict perception among visitors to Tuen Mun Park, Hong Kong, China: Outgroup evaluation, resource specificity, and lifestyle tolerance
Recreation conflict is a common problem in many outdoor recreation areas. In Hong Kong's Tuen Mun Park, the growing numbers of music performers has increased conflict among park users. This study adopts Jacob and Schreyer's (1980) model of recreation conflict to examine conflict perception among park users. Data were collected from an on-site survey of park users (n = 314) and a telephone survey of Tuen Mun New Town residents (n = 744). Jacob and Schreyer's model provides a partial explanation for differences in recreation conflict perceptions among user groups in the park. The findings confirm the hypothesis that frequent park users are more prone to experiencing conflict. Moreover, age and cultural background are the key factors influencing conflict perception. The findings suggest that efforts are needed to promote understanding and acceptance of the needs of other user groups in public spaces, which requires a thorough review of the current government policy on recreation space and facility development. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Hong Kong, lifestyle tolerance, outgroup evaluation, recreation conflict, resource specificity
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Taylor & Francis
Wong, Koon Kwai, and Xiaojiang Yu. "Recreation conflict perception among visitors to Tuen Mun Park, Hong Kong, China: Outgroup evaluation, resource specificity, and lifestyle tolerance." Managing Leisure 17.4 (2012): 349-362.