Family and personal factors associated with the participation of children with special needs in leisure activities: A Turkish perspective

Kurt G., Kurt V., ÜLGER Ö.

Archives de Pediatrie, vol.29, no.2, pp.121-127, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.arcped.2021.11.012
  • Journal Name: Archives de Pediatrie
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-127
  • Keywords: Child, Disability, Participation, Parents, Leisure activities
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 French Society of PediatricsObjective: The primary aims of the current study were to describe the participation patterns in leisure activities of children between the ages of 6 and 15 years with special needs and to analyze family behavior and personal factors that affect participation. Material and methods: Overall, 112 children with special needs aged 6–15 years and their families participated in the present study. Children's sociodemographic characteristics, participation patterns in leisure activities, family behavior, and quality of life were evaluated. Results: In this study, it was observed that children participated in recreational activities the most and in physical activities the least. Most of the families reported that they did not have an influence on determining the activity. The findings showed correlations between leisure activities and age, gender, and socioeconomic status (p < 0.05). Conclusion: The findings suggest that (a) children's participation in activities outside the home and (b) family guidance are insufficient. Thus, rehabilitation professionals can inform families about activities appropriate for children, positive family behavior, and social support programs.