"Not just a wheelchair, not just a woman": Self-identity and leisure

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This study was conducted to address the lack of information available about leisure and the self-identity of women with physical and sensory disabilities. It explored how self-identity and leisure are related. Symbolic interactionism was the theoretical framework used to analyse how gender and disability influence leisure behaviour. Indepth interviews were undertaken with 30 adult women from the USA who were functioning independently in their communities. Themes emerged from the interviews related to how the disabled women perceived their leisure and self-identity. Self-identity, as related to attitudes and behaviour, was influenced by the overlapping aspects of self-perception, body identity, gender identity and role identity. Implications for the delivery of leisure services are discussed regarding these themes.

Additional Information

Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 28 (2), 73-86.
Language: English
Date: 1994
Women, Physical disabilities, Leisure, Self-identity, Role-identity, Gender identity

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