Leisure and Stress-Coping: Implications for Therapeutic Recreation Practice


  • Susan L. Hutchinson
  • Andrea D. Bland
  • Douglas A. Kleiber


coping, leisure, stress, therapeutic recreation


Within the field of leisure studies there is growing evidence of the value of leisure activity and experience in the course of coping with and adjusting to the kinds of acute and chronic life stressors that clients in therapeutic recreation (TR) settings may encounter. A review of leisurecoping literature is provided, drawing on research and theory-building in the leisure studies field. Following this, implications for TR practice are outlined. This review identifies the need to give particular attention to individual differences in leisure’s influence in coping with stress, as well as to the effects of different leisure activities and experiences in developing guidelines for various aspects of TR service, including TR assessment and intervention.





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