Benjamin Hickerson

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson is an Associate Professor of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. His research program is on the design of leisure and recreation experiences that can be modified to encourage physical activity participation and the development of social capital. He has studied both physical (i.e., parks and summer camps) and digital (i.e., videogames) environments. His research has been published in outlets including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Journal of Youth Development, Society & Leisure, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and World Leisure Journal. Dr. Hickerson currently serves as a board member for the Academy of Leisure Sciences, National Recreation and Park Association Education Network,and Leisure Sciences. He has received teaching excellence awards at Illinois State University, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University.

There are 10 included publications by Benjamin Hickerson :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Behavioral and psychological involvement of online video gamers: Building blocks or building walls to socialization? 2013 422 Video gaming has often been associated with negative outcomes such as aggression and social isolation, particularly for those who spend significant amounts of time playing. However, advances in video game technology have enabled online, multi-player ...
Children’s Summer Camp-Based Physical Activity 2010 172 Childhood physical inactivity and obesity is a major concern because the current generation of children is one of the most inactive and unhealthy in history (Ogden, et al., 2006). A national study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prev...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Corporate Sponsorships at a Minor League Baseball Park 2013 453 Corporate sponsorships are vital to the success of minor league sport businesses. As competition for sponsorships intensifies in these venues, there is a need for minor league sports to demonstrate a return on the sponsorship investment based on fan ...
Leisure as a cross-cultural concept 2013 523 Leisure is a complex topic that, at times, appears to defy logical explanation. Research that examines and compares leisure cross-culturally can provide important information to aid our understanding of the phenomenon. With an increasing need for suc...
Measuring physical activity in youth settings: Considerations for instrument selection 2011 165 Increasing physical activity participation has become one of the primary strategies for prevention of early-onset health conditions including obesity and Type II diabetes. Youth programs including summer camps and after-school programs are premium pr...
Opportunities for youth physical activity promotion: An examination of youth summer camps 2014 320 Background:Youth summer camp programs have the potential to provide opportunities for physical activity, but little to no research has been conducted to determine activity levels of campers. This study aimed to examine physical activity occurring in ...
Parental Intention to Support Video Game Play by Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior 2015 433 Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine parental attitudes regarding engagement with video games by their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and whether attitudes vary based on ASD symptom severity.Method Online survey methodolog...
Physical activity and health in camps 2013 208 Camp experiences enrich children’s lives. Camp is a significant context for youth development. Many people who have gone to camp or served as camp staff know these statements are true. Although many positive anecdotes exist, efforts to systematically...
The Role of Functional and Wellness Values in Visitors' Evaluation of Spa Experiences 2014 660 By responding to the current emphasis on health and wellness in modern society, the spa industry has experienced a rapid growth in the last two decades. To understand the determinants of revisitation and long-term attitudinal loyalty, this study inve...
Service Delivery Experiences and Intervention Needs of Military Families with Children with ASD 2016 229 The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of military families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specifically as it relates to relocation. Online survey methodology was used to gather information from military spouses ...