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January 8, 1938

Research Memorandum on Recreation in the Depression

JAMA. 1938;110(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790020067037

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The seven parts of this monograph deal with recreational research, its problems, trends and source; with the recent expansion of leisure; with the changing tide of recreation; with recreation facilities under governmental auspices; with community organization for leisure; with recreation as a business enterprise, and, finally, with the future of recreation. The principal conclusion at which the study arrives is that factual information about recreation is inadequate and unreliable. The committee believes that leisure time, while increased during the depression, has not been increased uniformly for the whole people and that there has been, in fact, some decrease in leisure time. There has been as a result of the depression considerable decrease in recreational facilities in spite of the fact that certain relief projects have been in the field of recreation. Commercial recreation has fared surprisingly well during the depression in comparison with other forms of business. Typical of the

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