Effects of a leisure education program on youth with mental retardation

John Dattilo, Gail Hoge

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Based on the components of a leisure education program for youth with mental retardation proposed by Dattilo and St. Peter (1991), a system for leisure education titled "Transition through Recreation and Integration for Life" (Project TRAIL) was developed. To examine the effects of the TRAIL leisure education program, a single-subject design examined participants' positive affect, a formative competency testing procedure assessed participants' achievement of objectives, and two face-to-face surveys with participants, family members, and teachers determined the social validity of the program. This study extended previous research by Bedini, Bullock, and Driscoll (1993) suggesting that participants involved in the TRAIL leisure education program which was conducted in the public school system and the community for youth with mental retardation enjoyed themselves as they acquired socially valid leisure knowledge and skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-34
Number of pages15
JournalEducation and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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