An exploration of the relationships among social psychological involvement, behavioral involvement, commitment, and future intentions in the context of birdwatching

Seong Seop Kim, David Scott, John L. Crompton

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Using data collected from 517 visitors to a birding festival, interrelationship were investigated among two social-psychological measures of involvement (Laurent and Kapferer's IP and Zaichkowsky's PII scales), five generic behavioral involvement scales, and a commitment scale that measured centrality to lifestyle. Correlation analysis revealed that commitment and social psychological involvement were interrelated, and that commitment and the importance/pleasure dimension of Laurent and Kapferer's IP were closely related to behavioral involvement. The efficacy of different measures of social psychological involvement, commitment, and behavioral involvement in explaining intention to go on birding trips was also measured. Findings revealed that behavioral measures of involvement are likely to be substantially more useful in predicting birders' intentions than measures of social psychological involvement and commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-341
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Birding
  • Birdwatching
  • Commitment
  • Involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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