Participation in out-of-school structured leisure activities is associated with positive outcomes including improvements in:
Problem: Children/youth with disabilities and/or mental health challenges may face environmental barriers and lack the social supports necessary to participate in out-of-school activities.5
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2 Dworkin, J. B., Larson, R., & Hansen, D. (2003). Adolescents' accounts of growth experiences in youth activities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 32, 17-26.
3 Mahoney, J. L., & Stattin, H. (2000). Leisure activities and adolescent antisocial behavior: The role of structure and social context. Journal of Adolescence, 23, 113-127.
4 Bazyk, S. (2005). Exploring the development of meaningful work for children and youth in Western contexts. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 24, 11-20.
5 Law, M., Finkelman, S., Hurley, P., Rosenbaum, P., King, S., et al. (2004). Participation of children with physical disabilities: Relationships with diagnosis, physical function, and demographic variables. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 11, 156-162.