Gender Integration as an Outcome of Recreation/Leisure Programming


  • Karla A. Henderson


Women, gender, benefits, social cohesion, diversity, recreation


Little empirical evidence currently exists about the effects of recreation programming on group functioning. The purpose of this review is to examine the potential contribution recreation programming can make to social outcomes pertaining to cohesion and integration. Although the implications of diversity management are similar for any marginalized group in our society, this article primarily will address women. The major focus is on recreation programming, but the development of staff within multicultural organizations is also examined. Gender integration in traditionally male-dominated organizations is used to describe and raise questions about how recreation programming might contribute to enhanced social cohesion and integration in work and leisure groups. Ideas explored will require further development, testing, and research to determine how and why these types of outcomes from recreation can occur.





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