Case Histories in Therapeutic Recreation: Political Implications
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John W. Shank, John N. McGovernCase Histories in Therapeutic Recreation: Political Implications

Case materials related to persons who have received therapeutic recreation services can be used for political purposes, such as advocating for legislative change, clarifying regulatory interpretations, or marketing expanded services. This article suggests that, unlike fully developed case histories published in professional journals, materials extracted from actual cases can be used in an abbreviated and selective sense, delivering a message that is easily understandable (concrete) and personally relevant. Any use of case materials for political purposes must guard against distorting the truth or exaggerating claims of effectiveness, while at the same time conveying ideas that are helpful to promoting expanded services.

Author John W. Shank, John N. McGovern
Volume Vol 29, No 4 (1995)
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