STUDY REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF PRACTICING SPORTIVE TOURISM ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CERTAIN VOLITIONAL MORAL CHARACTERISTICS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Sportive tourism is a concept comprising various athletic activities performed in nature that involve moving the practitioners to picturesque locations, most often mountainous. We are talking here about activities such as hiking, cyclo-tourism, sport climbing, canyoning, via ferrata, rafting, winter sports, etc. This study tried to establish whether this activity has positive effect on certain volitional moral characteristics that I considered to be possibly influenced by the practice of sportive tourism. The research consisted mainly in applying a questionnaire to several middle school students, grades 7-8, from Piatra Neamţ, aged between 13 and 15, practitioners of various sportive tourism activities. At the end of the study, one can say that the initial hypothesis, stating that certain volitional moral characteristics that are specific for this age can be positively influenced in their development through the practice of sportive tourism, was confirmed.