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Feminism and the Client-Therapist Relationship: Implications for Therapeutic Recreation1

Karla A. Henderson, Leandra A. Bedini, Deborah Bialeschki


Feminism has provided a philosophical and methodological context for examining a number of aspects of society" As feminism is applied to leisure research and practice, implications for the provision of therapeutic recreation services and programs that include people with disabilities also may be considered. The purposes of this paper are to describe the client-therapist relationship within therapeutic recreation conducted from feminist perspectives and to offer some alternatives for addressing issues ofgender when working with female clients. The suggestions offered are meant to be a starting point for further discussion concerning the value of feminist ideas and the implications of feminism for the practice of therapeutic recreation.


Feminism; Leisure; Therapeutic Recreation; Women; Therapy

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