ATRA 2017 Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, Vol. 24 - Print

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Pages: 150

Dimensions: 11 × 8.5 × 1 in

Binding Type: Paperback

Welcome to Volume 24 of the ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.

Please accept our sincere thanks to all the authors and associate editors who have worked with us through our transition to a new management team and a new publisher, Sagamore-Venture.

ATRA promises to keep publishing and “moving forward” as the ATRA Annual continues to be an important scholarly journal in our field.

We really appreciate everyone’s interest and continuing support as we go forward to provide quality research, important new protocols, and theoretical discussions that contribute to the advancement of our practice and to “empower recreational therapists” to be best practice RT providers.

Special thanks to our ATRA liaison, Jo-Ellen Ross, our CEU item writer, Pam Fleck, and again, the associate editors for their work on the Annual.

This volume continues the tradition of featuring strong research papers along with several interesting practice perspective papers and conference poster abstracts.

We hope readers will enjoy these fine and diverse pieces of scholarship that represent a wide variety important RT topics and issues.

This issue features four excellent research articles.

The authors of the first article, “Analysis of the Status and Extent of Marketing and Promotion Strategies in the Practice of Recreation Therapy,” present a study designed to increase our understanding of the needs and strengths of marketing in the field and provide direction to future marketing efforts.

The second research paper, “Leisure as a Predictor to Health and Quality of Life in Caregivers,” examines how the impact of various factors, including leisure experiences, predicts self-reported general health and quality of life of caregivers. The results provide a strong foundation for leisure as a predictor for health and quality of life.

The third study is “The Role of Recreational Therapy in the Treatment of a Stroke Population.” The purpose of this study is to determine which therapies best redict discharge FIM™ scores while controlling for age and respective admission functional independence measure scores. The authors’ findings indicate that, for the participants, recreational therapy appears to be the only therapy that contributes to the prediction of discharge FIM™ scores.

The final research article, "ATRA Code of Ethics: Impressions From the Profession,” examines the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of recreational therapists about the professional code of ethics and concludes that there is a continued need  for ethics education.