LEISURE SERVICES AND CHILDREN AT-RISK: AGAINST ALL ODDS

Authors

  • Francis Lobo
  • Ernest Olson

Keywords:

Youth-at-risk, recreation services, service delivery paradigm

Abstract

Hidden from view of much of society are countless children whose lives are lived in quiet desperation. To those children, the concept of recreation and leisure is entirely foreign or a dream of unreachable proportions. The factors that put these children at risk from harm are many, varied, and complex, but it is generally accepted that poverty is a root cause. This paper examines some factors that put children at-risk- malnutrition, child labor, sexual exploitation, cognitive distortion, fumily, environmental threats, and violence. It also evaluates the leisure service delivery paradigm: community service, marketing and commercial, humanistic, benefits-based and social action approaches. It argues that the shift away from altruistic recreational services to a more commercial- based approach has caused damage so great that the recreation profession is justified in returning to a more humanistic approach to service delivery. The authors take a strong stand on behalf of children by making position statements on that leisure service programs should provide.

Published

2000-01-18

Issue

Section

Regular Papers