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Overcoming Perceived Computer Helplessness in Recreation Services

Gary Ellis, Peter A. Witt, Susan Macdonald


Computer usage in the park and recreation field is increasing dramatically. Many workers, however, experience feelings of helplessness when confronted by the need to interact with the computer. Lack of knowledge and negative attitudes may be sources of these feelings. The described study involved the construction and empirical examination of a causal model describing the relationship among variables that might have an impact on perceived helplessness in using computers. Implications of the derived model are described for managers charged with designing effective means for introducing computers into the management and programming functions of leisure-service organizations.?


Computer, parks and recreation, leisure services, attitudes, employees.

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