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ERIC Number: EJ875372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
A Developmental Comparison of the Out-of-School Recreation and Leisure Activity Participation of Boys and Girls with and without Physical Disabilities
King, Gillian; Law, Mary; Hurley, Patricia; Petrenchik, Theresa; Schwellnus, Heidi
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v57 n1 p77-107 Mar 2010
Similarities and differences were examined in the out-of-school recreation and leisure activity participation of 422 children with physical disabilities and 354 children without disabilities. The roles of age (six to eight years, nine to 11 years, and 12-14 years), gender, and disability status were examined with respect to the diversity, intensity, location, companionship, and enjoyment of participation in five types of activities, controlling for family income. The findings indicate that dimensions and types of activity participation are differentially influenced by age, gender, and disability. Age cohort comparisons indicated that children without disabilities experienced a widening social world characterised by more intense social participation, greater participation with non-family members, and stable levels of enjoyment across the age groups. In contrast, children with disabilities in the various age groups were similar in their intensity of social participation and the nature of their companionship, with 12-14 year olds reporting less enjoyment of social activities than those aged six to eight years or nine to 11 years. The findings support the utility of a developmental and contextual perspective in understanding children's patterns of participation. The information can be used by service providers and managers interested in creating centre-based or community-based recreational opportunities, and in providing information to parents about how to encourage children's recreation and leisure participation. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada