Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive Affect of Young Adults With Mental Retardation

Williams, Richard and John Dattilo. (1997). Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive Affect of Young Adults With Mental Retardation. Therapeutic Recreation Journal. Fourth Quarter. 244-258.

Abstract: A single-subject, multiple baseline across participants design was used to investigate the effects of a leisure education program on the self-determination, social interaction, and positive affect (the dependent variables) during the free time of a group of young adults with mental retardation. Participants were four adults with mental retardation who worked at a vocational training center in a small town located in the Southeastern United States. Results of the effects of a leisure education intervention were mixed. While participants had higher levels of positive affect at follow-up than during baseline, it appears that the leisure education program had little impact on the other dependent variables. Design considerations and issues related to leisure education are discussed.

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