This study examined the influence of an inclusive outdoor recreation experience on the perceptions of 24 families that have a child with a disability. Data collection methods included family member interviews, family focus groups, and pre- and post participation surveys. Participation in the inclusive program was seen as beneficial in terms of an increased knowledge of and confidence in recreation participation as a family, as well as improved family relationships, and an increased connectedness with others outside the family. Results revealed an increase in family satisfaction with family cohesion, and a decrease in perceived constraints that inhibited, or prohibited, “whole-family” recreation. The study documented the efficacy of leisure education and recreation participation as ways to ease constraints to family recreation. A number of programmatic recommendations are described.
Author Kathleen G. Scholl, Leo H. McAvoy, John E. Rynders, John G. Smith
Volume Vol 37, No 1 (2003)