Recreation Management

Peter Ward

Selected Publications:

  • “Urban American Indians: Predictors of father’s active and passive engagement with their children”, Social Work Research.  

  •  “Paper/Pencil versus online data collection: An exploratory study”, Journal of Leisure Research, Edition 1, Volume 46, Issue 1, Pages 84-105, 2014.       

  • “The satisfaction with family life scale.”, Marriage & Family Review Edition 5, Volume 49, Issue 5, Pages 446-463, 2013.   

  • “Positive youth development within a family leisure context: Youth perspectives of family outcomes.”, New Directions for Youth Development, Edition 130, Issue 130, Pages 29-42, 2011.  

  • “Measuring marital satisfaction: A comparison of the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Satisfaction with Married Life Scale”, Marriage and Family Review, Edition 4, Volume 45, Issue 4, Pages 412-429, 2009.   



  • Adaptation of an Adolescent Coping Assessment for Adventure Therapy. - Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council - Wilderness Therapy Symposium - 2015     

  • Conceptualizing experiences: A multi-disciplinary synthesis - - Leisure Science Association Conference - 2014        Exploring Recreation-Related Venues’ Social Media Practices - - Leisure Studies Association Summer Conference - 2014     

  • Positive Youth Development: Building Life Skills through Youth Sports - NRPA - Leisure Research Symposium - 2014        Discovery of fun: Construct from perceptions of wilderness adventure experiences. - National Recreation and Parks Association - Leisure Research Symposium - 2010     

  • Influences on active family leisure and its relationship to obesity - - 2010 Congress and Exposition, National Recreation and Park Association - 2010

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Mat Duerden

Mat Duerden received a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Youth and Family Recreation from Brigham Young University. He is an Assistant Professor of Recreation Management at Brigham Young University. Prior to his appointment at BYU Mat served as coordinator of A&M’s Youth Development Initiative ( His research focuses on understanding how structured experiences impact different people in different contexts. Mat’s publications have appeared in a variety of journals including Leisure Sciences, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Research and Journal of Leisure Research. Mat is married to Chenae Duerden and they have four children, Jackson, Layla, Cooper, and Adele.

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