Date of Award

8-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Advisor

Cory, Lynne

Committee Member

McGuire , Francis

Committee Member

Arthur-Banning , Skye

Abstract

Research supports numerous benefits of volunteering, yet individuals with intellectual disabilities do not participate in volunteering as frequently as people without intellectual disabilities. According to the Leisure Ability Model, leisure education can be an effective way to promote recreation participation through volunteering. The purpose of this study is to examine effectiveness of a leisure education program designed to support independent volunteer participation by students enrolled in a university LIFE program. The future intentions of participation in volunteer activities and attitudes towards volunteer participation of four university LIFE students were examined before, during, and after the leisure education program using single subject research withdrawal design. An adapted version of the Youth Inventory of Involvement and Youth Social Responsibility Scale were used to measure intention to participate in future volunteer activities and attitudes toward volunteering. In addition, participants were interviewed about their attitudes toward volunteering and intentions to volunteer. Lastly, the program's social validity was examined.

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