Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management


Cory, Lynne

Committee Member

McGuire , Fran

Committee Member

Conrad , Leslie


According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 12,000 individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) every year (NSCISC, 2009). The purpose of this study was to examine effectiveness of a leisure education (LE) intervention on knowledge of aspects of community reintegration for
individuals who have recently sustained spinal cord injuries. The current study documents outcomes of LE programming for individuals with SCI receiving treatment at a large rehabilitation hospital located in a large city in the southeastern United States. The
Leisure Competence Measure (LCM) was utilized to assess participant's leisure awareness and leisure attitudes before and after completing the LE intervention. Scores on the leisure awareness and leisure attitude subscales of the LCM were coupled with data collected through semi-structured interviews with each study participant and information gathered through agency specific LE pre/post test. Overall, participants in this research demonstrated positive change in their leisure related knowledge, awareness
and attitudes through participation in LE interventions.