This manuscript will present the results of a preliminary study that was conducted to provide support for the face validity of the Idyll Arbor Leisure Battery (IALB). The study used a qualitative, utilization-focused evaluation (UFE) format. Semi-structured interviews with individuals with spinal cord injuries and experienced Recreation Therapists who work with this population were conducted. Strengths and weaknesses of the scales were identified and some recommendations were made. Most participants believed that the majority of the IALB items were important and gathered relevant information. However, several limitations were identified and discussed, such as readability, context, burden, and readiness. Implications for therapeutic recreation are discussed. It was concluded that the IALB scales have promise as research and clinical assessment tools; and that further psychometric testing is warranted.
Author Erica M. Botner-Marigold, William C. Miller
Volume Vol 41, No 3 (2007)