Rural, Low-Income Mothers Use of Family-Based Nature Activities to Promote Family Health

Dina Izenstark, Ramona F. Oswald, Elizabeth G. Holman, Shawn N. Mendez, Kimberly A. Greder

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This study explores how rural, low-income mothers use family-based nature activities to promote the health of themselves and their families. Data were collected through in-person interviews with a sub-sample of mothers (n = 85) who participated in a larger multistate, mixed-methods longitudinal project. Grounded theory analysis techniques were used to depict the social process of how mothers engage in family-based nature activities to promote physical, psychological, and social health of each family member, as well as the health of the entire family within the context of rural poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-155
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Community
  • Ecological perspective
  • Grounded theory
  • Institution
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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