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Changes in Family Leisure Functioning Following a Family Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Karen Wenzel, Jasmine Townsend, Brent L. Hawkins, Brook Russell

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to examine the immediate and long-term effect of participation in a family camp designed specifically for families with a child with ASD. The variables studied were family recreation, family recreation satisfaction, family communication, satisfaction with family function, and satisfaction with family life, as reported by the parents. Findings indicated changes in family functioning, family communication, satisfaction with family function, and satisfaction with family life. The trend analyses indicated the parents reported a general increase in satisfaction with their family function and family life, and a statistically significant increase was observed in satisfaction with family life (p = .045). These findings partially support previous research demonstrating that increased parental involvement has a positive effect on parental and family well-being for families with a child with ASD. Implications for recreational therapy practice in providing interventions for families with a child with ASD and future research are discussed.

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Keywords


Autism spectrum disorder; family camp; family communication; family leisure functioning; satisfaction with family life and functioning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I1-9418

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