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Title: Culturally Meaningful Leisure as a Way of Coping with Stress among Aboriginal Individuais with Diabetes

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Authors: Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, PhD, Karen Hirshfeld, MA, CTRS, Rachel Gavendo, BA, CTRS, Erin Corey, BA, CTRS, Tasmia Hai, MEd



Therapeutic recreation (TR) activities benefit the affect and 

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Title: SCIRehab Project Series: The Therapeutic Recreation Taxonomy
Authors: Claire Cahow,  Susan Skolnick, Joan Joyce, Julie Jug, Charlotte Dragon & Julie Gassaway.
Journal: The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Vol 32(3), 2009.
Pages: 298-306 

Background/Objective: Outcomes research of therapeutic recreation (TR) activities and interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation is made more difficult by a lack of uniform descriptions and the absence of a formal treatments classification system (taxonomy). The objective of this study was to describe a taxonomy developed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

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Title: Leisure and meaning-making: Implications for rehabilitation to engage persons with disabilities
Authors: Iwasaki, Yoshitaka
Journal: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 225-232, 2017

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Humans strive for meaning-making, which refers to the process by which a person derives meanings from an activity in life and makes sense of one’s life. OBJECTIVE: This paper summarizes the research-based knowledge about the role of leisure in meaning-making, and describes implications of this role for rehabilitation to engage individuals with

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Grief, anger, and relationality: The impact of a research-based theater intervention on emotion work practices in brain injury rehabilitation


Authors: Kontos P et al.

Summary: This Canadian evaluation study investigated the impact on neurorehabilitation practitioners of a research-based theatre intervention, a one-hour play titled, “After the Crash” (full details about the development of the play can be found in Colantonio A et al. After the Crash: A Research-based Theatre Approach for Knowledge Translation on Traumatic Brain Injury. J Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2008;28:1-6). The study focuses on therapeutic emotion work and client centred rehabilitation following TBI using research-based theatre. Theatre contributes significantly to medical education because its emotional quality makes it difficult for participants and audiences to avoid or

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I am currently doing a Future Learn course hosted by UNSW and had to recently read an article about IT and Disability and thought I would share it with you. It is a few years old (2008) but some of the information is still very interesting and relevant today. Ed.

Title: Innovation and Disability

Authors: Gerard Goggin

Journal: M/C journal: A journal of media and culture. Vol 11, No 3.


 Critique of Ability

In July 2008, we could be on the eve of an enormously important shift in disability in Australia.

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Title: Social Class and Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction During Leisure and Paid Work

Authors: Walker, Gordon, J.


Journal: Journal of Leisure Research, vol 48, no 3(2016), pgs, 228 – 244.



This study examined how basic psychological need satisfaction varies within and between leisure and paid work, taking social class into account. Data were collected from 340 super-creative, creative professional, working, and service class employees who worked at least 20 hours per week. Results included

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Title: Initial Investigation of Comfort Levels, Motivations, and Attitudes of Volunteers During Therapeutic Recreation Programs
Authors: Valerie Collier, Erin Rothwell, Rena Vanzo, Paul S Carbone.
Journal: Therapeutic Recreation Journal 49.3 (Third Quarter 2015): 207-219.

Some of the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities result from negative attitudes of individuals without disabilities from the general public. Thus, therapeutic recreation programs in the community are an ideal setting to foster interaction between individuals with and without disabilities through integrated services, which can reduce negative attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to 

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Title: ‘I Was Trapped at Home’: Men's Experiences with Leisure While Giving Care to Partners During a Breast Cancer Experience
Author: Charlene S Shannon
Journal: Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal Volume 37, Issue 2, 2015

Men whose partners are diagnosed with breast cancer experience many changes to daily living, including taking on additional family and household roles and responsibilities, caring for their partner, and often relinquishing leisure activities. Although leisure participation has been found to help individuals cope and to mitigate the negative effect of traumatic life events, men's experience with

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Title: Addressing Well-Being in Early and Middle Childhood: Recreation Therapy Interventions Aimed to Develop Skills that Create a Healthy Life

Authors: Jamie RaNae Bennett, Sandra K. Negley, Mary S. Wells, Peg Connolly
Journal: Therapeutic Recreation Journal Vol 50 No 1 2016

Children who experience increased levels of stress in early and middle childhood are at higher risk for symptoms of depression and anxiety in adulthood, resulting in an impaired health-related quality of life (HRQoL). A psychoeducational, recreation therapy (RT) intervention aimed to assist in the development of skills that promote a healthy life was created. The Healthy Me! program is founded on the Leisure and Well-Being Model in conjunction with the Utah State Core Curriculum Health Education Standards. This study investigated the

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