Year 4 Rec Man
Q. Critically evaluate the use of: The Leisure Ability Model and the Health Promotion/Protection Model.
Justify the use of one of these models for an individual with Spinal Chord Injuries.
Before discussing both models we must understand what therapeutic recreation (t.r) is. Morrow (1980) defined t.r as "a process wherein recreation experiences are used to bring about a change the behaviour of those individuals with special needs"
The main use of t.r is to prevent illness from occurring or if illness is already present to improve the life of the individual.
The Leisure Ability Mode (LAM) which was draw up by Peterson and Gunne in 1984 focuses on leisure as a prevention of illness rather than the use of medication.
The main function of the L.A.M is that the end product of t.r services for clients should be and improved independence and satisfying leisure functioning (Peterson and Gunne 1984)
By empowering clients and giving them the skill, knowledge, and ability to participate in leisure it is hoped that the individuals overall quality of life can be improved.
(Csikszentmihalyi, 1990) stated that "people who learn to control inner experiences will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can hope to come to being happy"
From this statement it is clear that empowerment and the passing on of the correct skills and knowledge by the t.r specialist is the key to the L.A.M and the clients overall health.
Factors discussed by Gunne and Peterson such as Learned Helplessness, Intrinsic Motivation, Internal Locus Of Control and Personal Attribution as well as Choice and Flow all play a major part in the overall workings of the model.
I will now discuss a number of these factors and evaluate the positive and negative effects they can have on clients.
Learned Helplessness; According to Iso-Ahola (1980) T.R is a... [continues]
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