A content analysis of selected recreational therapy journals from 1990 to 1998: The extent to which children and youth are included

Tani B Pedreira, Florida International University

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of articles involving children and youth in the last 9 years (1990–1998) of professional literature in recreational therapy. A total of 539 articles were analyzed to examine the authors, subjects, methods, and outcomes of therapeutic recreation studies published in three selected journals: Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Leisure Studies , and Leisure Sciences. A central finding was that the literature involving children and youth was very under-represented in the journals. Only 6.5% of the articles targeted children and youth; of this group, approximately two thirds were research-based; the remaining articles were conceptual papers. The findings are discussed in terms of the need for future scholarships in recreational therapy to target children and youth, including those with disabilities. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy|Health Sciences, Public Health|Health Sciences, Recreation|Psychology, Developmental|Mass Communications

Recommended Citation

Tani B Pedreira, "A content analysis of selected recreational therapy journals from 1990 to 1998: The extent to which children and youth are included" (January 1, 2000). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1399207.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1399207

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