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1- Faculty of Sports Sciences, Department of Recreation, Sakarya University of Applied Sciences, Sakarya, Turkey ,
2- Faculty of Sports Sciences, Department of Recreation, Sakarya University of Applied Sciences, Sakarya, Turkey
3- Sarıkamış School of Physical Education and Sports, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey
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Background. It is known that recreational awareness and physical activities have an important place in increasing the happiness level of the society. Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between the recreational awareness levels and happiness levels of children between the ages of 14-20, and to determine whether demographic variables are effective on recreation awareness levels and to examine the relationship between them. Methods. The sample of the study consists of a total of 448 children (16.04±2.79), 272 males and 176 females, residing in two regions in Turkey. As a data collection tool in the research; “Recreation Awareness Scale (RFS)” and “Oxford Happiness Scale”, were used. Pearson correlation, independent sample t-test and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to analyze the data. Quantitative research methods ıt is a research conducted with a relational screening model. Results. It was determined that the recreational awareness levels of the participants and social success, self-development, pleasure-entertainment sub-dimensions were high, and their happiness levels were moderate. There was no significant difference between the recreation awareness sub-dimensions of the children participating in the study and the gender variable. There were statistically significant differences in pleasure - fun (P=0.001), social success (P=0.000) and self-development (P=0.000) in all sub-dimensions according to the living area variable. While there was no difference in the self-improvement (P=0.188) sub-dimension of the recreational awareness scale according to the monthly income variable, significant differences were found in the social-achievement (P=0.017) and pleasure-entertainment (P=0.015) sub-dimensions. As a result of the Pearson correlation analysis, it was determined that there was a weak positive correlation between the recreational awareness levels of the participants and their happiness levels (r= .610, P> 0.24). Conclusion. As a result of the analysis made between the recreation awareness levels of the children participating in the research; Recreation awareness levels of children in the age group participating in the research can be increased and their happiness levels can be directly affected.
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  • Children in the south-east region should be encouraged to engage in recreational activities in order to increase their awareness of recreation.
  • Children with low and medium family income levels should be encouraged to participate more in recreational activities.
  • Considering that recreational awareness levels are related to children's happiness levels, studies can be conducted.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Sport Psychology and its Related Branches
Received: 2021/09/27 | Accepted: 2021/01/12

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