The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study

Travis Dorsch, K. Andrew R. Richards, Jessica Swain, Myles Maxey

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Efforts to understand physical activity and its potential effect on psycho-social well-being have been extensive (Blick et al., 2015; Folkins, 1976). Physical activity has been shown to improve psychological wellness, and benefits are enhanced when activities are performed outdoors (Boden & Hartig, 2003). Common Ground was established to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through outdoor recreation. Informed by general and family systems theory, the present qualitative case study was designed to develop an in-depth understanding of Common Ground, an outdoor recreation program for individuals with disabilities. Results of three semi-structured focus groups offer a breadth of perspectives on the effect of Common Ground on program participants and their family members, and how outdoor recreation opportunities help reduce stereotypes, while empowering participants to realize their full potential. This work has the potential to inform therapeutic recreation research and enhance the provision of recreation services to individuals with disabilities. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTherapeutic Recreation Journal
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NameTherapeutic Recreation Journal
Volume50

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Recreation
Therapeutic Human Experimentation
Systems Theory
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Dorsch, T., Richards, K. A. R., Swain, J., & Maxey, M. (2016). The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study. In Therapeutic Recreation Journal (Therapeutic Recreation Journal; Vol. 50). https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I2-6527

The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study. / Dorsch, Travis; Richards, K. Andrew R.; Swain, Jessica; Maxey, Myles.

Therapeutic Recreation Journal. 2016. (Therapeutic Recreation Journal; Vol. 50).

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Dorsch, Travis ; Richards, K. Andrew R. ; Swain, Jessica ; Maxey, Myles. / The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal. 2016. (Therapeutic Recreation Journal).
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