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Typology of Forest Visitors

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Loesch, Gerhard (Institut für Forstpolitik, Holzmarktlehre, Forstgeschichte und Naturschutz, Universität Göttingen)
Publication Date
  • BASIS RESEARCH, Frankfurt am Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Leisure
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Natural landscapes
  • Abstract

    The attitude of the population to the forest and motives for a trip to the forest. Topics: evaluation of possible motives for a trip to the forest by means of a detailed scale; judgement on three different kinds of forest by means of sample pictures using semantic differentials; self-assessment of interest in the forest (scale); short scales on fear, extroversion and need for quiet; classification of one´s own frequency of trips to forests; assessment of the distribution of types of trees in current residential area and in residential area during childhood; current and earlier housing situation; city size; number of stories in residential building; number of residences in the building; living space altogether and living space per person; distance to closest forest; car possession; change of place of residence. Indices: relaxation; freedom; contemplativeness; health; enjoyment of nature and transcendence. Demography: age; sex; number of children in household; school education; household income; household size; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-06 / 1978-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons in private households. Age: 16 and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 868
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1185 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Loesch, Gerhard: Typologie der Waldbesucher: Betrachtung eines Bevölkerungsquerschnitts nach dem Besuchsverhalten, der Besuchsmotivation und der Einstellung gegenüber Wald. Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität, Forstliche Fakultät, Diss., 1981.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Loesch, Gerhard (1978): Typologie der Waldbesucher. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.