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Veterans’ Perceptions of Benefits and Important Program Components of a Therapeutic Fly-Fishing Program

Jessie L. Bennett, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Jennifer A. Piatt, Robert J. Rydell


While evidence is emerging for therapeutic recreation programs for veterans with combat-related disabilities, minimal research has been done to understand participants’ perceptions of these programs. The intent of this study was to examine the perceptions of veterans with combat-related disabilities following participation in a therapeutic fly-fishing program. Six focus group discussions were conducted and the constant comparison method of analysis was used to discover the two primary themes of Perceived Benefits and Important Program Components. Based on these findings, implications for therapeutic recreation practice are included.


combat-related disabilities; constant comparison method; fly-fishing; therapeutic recreation; veterans

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