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Title:Spinal Cord Injury, Life Stage and Leisure Satisfaction
Author(s):Price, Robert James
Department / Program:Leisure Studies
Discipline:Leisure Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This study adopts a life-span developmental perspective in an examination of age at onset of disability (in this case, spinal cord injury) and time-span since onset of disability as potential predictors of post trauma leisure satisfaction. Specifically, through utilization of a multi-dimensional measure of leisure satisfaction, incorporating cognitive, affective and behavioral components, it seeks to discover generalizable leisure-related attitudes and behaviors among spinal cord injured persons who have been disabled at different stages in life and/or who are at different points in time post trauma.
A typed questionnaire, addressing pre-disability leisure satisfaction, post trauma leisure satisfaction, and a variety of personal and demographic variables, was pilot-tested, revised, and ultimately administered to 105 spinal cord injured persons of different ages and at different points in time post trauma. Subjects were, or had been, patients in hospitals or rehabilitation centers in Virginia, West Virginia, or Tennessee.
Results indicate that the sample was a fair representation of the parent population and permit the following observations and conclusions; (i) post trauma leisure satisfaction was, in general, significantly lower than pre-disability leisure satisfaction; (ii) independently, neither life stage at onset of disability nor time-span since onset of disability was significantly related to leisure satisfaction; however, there were a number of significant interaction effects; (iii) participation in sports and games, outdoor pursuits, and activities of self-actualization is likely to decrease following spinal cord injury, whereas participation in the more passive pursuits of entertainment and the cultural arts is likely to increase, and participation in hobbies, crafts, and social recreation is likely to remain stable; (iv) the most common consequence of spinal cord injury in regard to sports and games was a decrease in participation accompanied by a decrease in satisfaction, whereas in regard to hobbies and crafts the occurrence of a spinal cord injury was apparently of no consequence; and (v) further research is indicated, particularly in regard to the significance of the recreation component of the formal, institutional rehabilitation process.
Issue Date:1983
Description:213 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8324626
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1983

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