Factors associated with leisure activity among young adults with developmental disabilities

Kim Van Naarden Braun, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Donald Lollar

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The framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) was applied to examine the factors associated with childhood impairment and leisure activity. Information on leisure activity was obtained using a structured questionnaire from a population-based cohort of young adults with childhood impairment. The results underscore the differences in leisure lifestyles by impairment type and severity. Activity limitations, educational attainment, and the acquisition of adult social roles were significant predictors of leisure activity. This study emphasizes the importance of improving daily activities, increasing attendance of postsecondary school and opportunities for competitive employment and participation in impairment-related programs to help increase the number and scope of types of leisure activities for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-583
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing loss
  • ICF
  • Mental retardation
  • Population-based study
  • Transition
  • Vision impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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