Leisure, health, and disability: A review and discussion

L. L. Caldwell, A. A. Gilbert

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There is growing evidence that leisure is an important aspect of people's lives. The satisfactions gained from leisure often outweigh those gained from employment or other work activities. Individuals with disabilities are no exception to this phenomenon. Opportunity to engage in leisure activities of one's choosing is paramount to a disabled person's health and well-being. The purposes of this article are to: (a) describe the potential benefits of participation in recreation and leisure to individuals with disabilities, (b) describe what is currently known about leisure and disability, and (c) suggest research directions. An enabling model of leisure and mental health is offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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