Despite the importance of social interaction and inclusion, fewer individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) have been found to participate in social activities compared to individuals without ID. The current study examined the involvement of adolescents with ID in social and recreational activities. Sixty-three parents of high school students with ID completed telephone interviews. The results revealed that students most commonly participated in activities with family members. Fewer adolescents were involved in activities with peers, with the majority of peer activities being organized, such as sports. The most common reasons for reported students not being involved in activities with peers were their disability and lack of available supports.

*The article focuses on three domains of activity: social activity, recreational activity, and religious activity.

Author(s): Dara Abells, Julia Burbridge & Patricia Minnes

Journal: Developmental Disabilities

Date: 2008

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 88-94


Databased: Yes

Disabilities: Intellectual Disability

Categories: Individuals with disabilities