Exploring family recreation activities in families that include children with developmental disabilities

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

Abstract: Based on a larger exploratory investigation that employed a mixed method research design, this paper reports the recreation activities of families that included children with developmental disabilities (N = 65). The most popular and frequent forms of family recreation reflected five general categories of activities: passive (e.g., watching television), play (e.g., board or video games), physical (e.g., swimming), social (e.g., visiting family and friends), and entertainment/special events (e.g., going to the movies). Variations in popularity and frequency of these activities were explored in relation to patterns of family involvement and selected socio-demographic characteristics (e.g., employment status, nature of disability). Although variations were evident, family recreation most often included physical recreation activities-commonly swimming, walking, and bicycling. Methodological considerations and practical applications associated with this research are discussed.

Additional Information

Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 34(2), 132-153
Language: English
Date: 2000
Families, Children with developmental disabilities, Recreation, Activities

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