Abstract

Abstract:

Using the Family-Based Nature Activities Framework, we examined fathers' perceptions of how their children's outdoor recreation changed during COVID-19, and differences between rural and urban participants' outdoor experiences. Fathers of children ages 5-12 (n = 26) participated in semi-structured interviews. Results showed that due to sweeping lifestyle changes, fathers reported increased time spent outdoors and the development of new outdoor family routines as a way to promote children's health, fulfill caretaking responsibilities, and promote family relationships. Urban fathers reported more outdoor restrictions due to local policies whereas rural fathers reported engaging in a larger variety of nearby outdoor activities.

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