Serious leisure and people with intellectual disabilities: benefits and opportunities

Patterson, Ian and Pegg, Shane (2009) Serious leisure and people with intellectual disabilities: benefits and opportunities. Leisure Studies, 28 4: 387-402. doi:10.1080/02614360903071688

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Author Patterson, Ian
Pegg, Shane
Title Serious leisure and people with intellectual disabilities: benefits and opportunities
Journal name Leisure Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-4367
Publication date 2009-10
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02614360903071688
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 387
End page 402
Total pages 16
Editor John Horne
Beccy Watson
Scott Fleming
Place of publication U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
950103 Recreation
150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Abstract Can people with intellectual disabilities use serious leisure activities in a similar context to people without disabilities as a substitute for their paid work? In the past, western societies have tended to devalue people with disabilities, and as a consequence they were less likely to have valued social roles through paid work. However, for many people with disabilities, serious leisure should be valued as it encourages active participation in either formal group structures, or informal networks of devotees, for the sharing of common leisure interests as an amateur, hobbyist or volunteer. This study has used a qualitative methodology incorporating semi-structured interviews with a small purposive sample of adults with disabilities who were living independently in the community. They were selected as prospective respondents by key staff in several disability service agencies in Brisbane, Australia, because of their successful participation in community-based leisure activities that were classified as 'serious'. The results of this study found that people with disabilities have the ability to participate in serious leisure activities and to successfully engage at such a level so as to enable them to develop increased levels of confidence, skills and self-esteem.
Keyword serious leisure
people with disabilities
leisure skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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