[Publication] Relationships of involvement and interdependent happiness between domestic and international Japanese masters games tourists
A research note written by CTR researchers, Dr. Eiji Ito (Faculty of Tourism) and Dr. Kei Hikoji (Faculty of Education) was published in an academic journal, Annals of Leisure Research.
Relationships of involvement and interdependent happiness between domestic and international Japanese masters games tourists
Eiji Ito, Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan
Kei Hikoji, Faculty of Education, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan
Annals of Leisure Research, 2019
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The purpose of this research note is to examine (a) how involvement with masters games participation is associated with interdependent happiness among Japanese masters athletes, and (b) how the relationship differs between Japanese sport tourists who have competed at domestic and international masters games events. A questionnaire survey was conducted at the International Japan Masters Athletics Championships and, based on the experiences of international masters games athletes, 169 and 96 Japanese study participants were categorized as the domestic and international group, respectively. Results of multiple regression analyses indicated that the attraction dimension of involvement was positively related to interdependent happiness for both groups, whereas the social bonding dimension of involvement was positively related to interdependent happiness only for the domestic group. Our research note suggests that masters games promotion as well as health promotion through masters sports need to consider such similarity and difference between domestic and international sport tourists.
Interdependent happiness, involvement, Japan, masters sports, sport tourism