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  • Children's perspectives of therapeutic recreation: Data from the 'Barretstown studies'

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    Journal of Health Psychology, Vol: 7, Page: 599-614,Sage Publications

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    This study examines children's perspectives of therapeutic recreation using data from the Barretstown studies


    Camps offering therapeutic recreation-based programmes seek to provide a positive experience for children with life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings. While such programmes are undoubtedly motivated by the best of intentions, there are very little data available on children's own experiences in them. This article addresses this by investigating children's experiences in The Barretstown Gang Camp in Ireland. A questionnaire was completed by 449 children (236 males and 213 females; aged 5-18 yrs) from 15 European countries. Feedback was factor analysed to construct an empirical model of how liking for activities in the programme clustered. Eight distinct components were identified. Results indicated that children's level of liking for some components and whether they felt their friends would like to come to camp were influenced by their age, gender, nationality, level of understanding of explanations in camp and patient/sibling status. Children's descriptions of their camp experience emphasized themes pertaining to fun, activities, scenic surroundings, staff and multiculturalism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Gemma Kiernan; Malcolm MacLachlan

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    Study Papers » Qualitative Study » Qualitative Studies


    1359-1053 1461-7277 Accession Number: 2002-18305-008. First Author & Affiliation: Kiernan, Gemma; Trinity Coll, Dublin, Ireland. Other Journal Title: Journal of Health Psychology. Release Date: 20021002. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Camping; Childhood Development; Chronic Illness; Early Experience; Recreation Therapy. Classification: Behavioral & Psychological Treatment of Physical Illness (3361) . Population: Human (10) Male (30) Female (40) . Location: Austria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; United Kingdom; Norway; Poland; Russia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) Preschool Age (2-5 yrs) (160) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) . Methodology: Empirical Study. References Available: Y.


    children's perspectives of therapeutic recreation using data from the Barretstown

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