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Optimising leisure participation: a pilot intervention study for adolescents with physical impairments

Imms, Christine, Mathews, Sarah, Richmond, Kelli Nicola, Law, Mary and Ullenhag, Anna 2016, Optimising leisure participation: a pilot intervention study for adolescents with physical impairments, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 963-971, doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1068876.

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Title Optimising leisure participation: a pilot intervention study for adolescents with physical impairments
Author(s) Imms, Christine
Mathews, Sarah
Richmond, Kelli NicolaORCID iD for Richmond, Kelli Nicola orcid.org/0000-0003-4874-5055
Law, Mary
Ullenhag, Anna
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 38
Issue number 10
Start page 963
End page 971
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1748-3115
Keyword(s) Adolescent
intervention
leisure
participation
Summary Purpose: To assess the feasibility of an intervention to improve participation in leisure activities of adolescents with physical impairments by changing aspects of the activity or environment.

Methods: A pre-test/post-test pilot study of a multi-strategy intervention was used to explore the effectiveness of the strategies and to determine whether the intervention was practical to apply in a community setting. The intervention involved establishing adolescent and family focused goals, measuring and addressing environmental barriers and building activity performance skills. The Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure measured outcomes.

Results: Eight participants (aged 12–19 years; five males) with physical disabilities set participation goals using a structured approach. Analysis of personal and environmental barriers and facilitators for participation guided the choice of intervention strategies to support goal attainment. The natural environment, government policies and availability of transport were identified as the most frequent barriers to participation in leisure. Support to secure appropriate devices to enable participation was commonly required. As a group, attainment of 12 of 17 GAS goals, and progress on four more goals, was demonstrated.

Conclusions: The intervention model was applicable and practical to use in a community therapy setting and the majority of the participation goals set were achieved.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2015.1068876
Field of Research 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074852

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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