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dc.contributor.authorRobinson, S.
dc.contributor.authorHardcastle, Sarah
dc.identifier.citationRobinson, S. and Hardcastle, S. 2016. Exploring the attitudes towards and experiences of geocaching amongst families in the community. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 26 (2): pp. 187-197.

There is a need for physical activity interventions to focus on autonomous forms of motivation to increase uptake and maintenance. Geocaching is a GPS-based treasure-hunt game with potential to increase levels of walking. The study aim was to explore the experiences of a geocaching intervention for people introduced to geocaching. A five-week geocaching intervention took place. Participants (n = 30) were recruited via school assemblies and village posters. Semi-structured telephone interviews (n = 21) were conducted post intervention to determine the participants' motives, barriers and experiences of geocaching. Geocaching motivators (social activity, challenge/discovery) and barriers (lack of time, problems with mobile technology and unsuccessful trips) were identified. Findings suggest that geocaching is a feasible activity to promote physical activity, particularly among families. Further robust and larger scale trials are required that target sedentary individuals, adopting strategies to reduce perceived barriers to geocaching.

dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.titleExploring the attitudes towards and experiences of geocaching amongst families in the community
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
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