ERIC Number: ED215507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Formal-Informal, Indoor-Outdoor, Expensive-Inexpensive, and Accessible-Inaccessible Recreational Patterns of the Mentally Retarded.
Matthews, Peter R.
The study compared the recreational patterns of 108 elementary students in three groups: (1) lower socioeconomic status (SES) mentally retarded children; (2) lower SES nonretarded children; and (3) middle SES nonretarded children. Analyses of interviews with caretakers revealed that mentally retarded Ss were similar in recreational pursuits to the nonretarded Ss, participating more in informal than formal activities, outdoor rather than indoor activities, inexpensive rather than expensive activities, and accessible rather than inaccessible activities. Retarded Ss engaged in fewer formal activities than either nonretarded group. It could not be concluded whether significant differences between groups 1 and 3 were due to retardation or lower SES. (Author/CL)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Elementary Education, Leisure Time, Mental Retardation, Recreation, Recreational Activities, Socioeconomic Status
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