Leisure: A Pathway to Love and Intimacy

David Howard, Mary Young


Individuals with disabilities, regardless of the type or nature of their condition, are likely to face certain challenges as they seek a high quality of life. Participation in healthy and constructive leisure should be an important and meaningful part of every person's life. Whether considered as free time away from work, a set of activities chosen for relaxation, recreation or enjoyment, or simply a 'state of mind' to which one escapes for peace or reflection, leisure is valued by people as an important feature of life. Leisure and recreation activities also serve as the primary means by which people come into contact with one another and form relationships and eventually opportunities for sexual expression. This article discusses important issues related to people with disabilities and quality of life as it relates to the role of leisure in sexuality. Specifically, definitions and historical perspectives of leisure are shared, components of leisure and barriers to leisure are addressed, information about the discipline of recreation therapy is presented, and the impact of leisure on disability and sexuality is explored.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v22i4.375

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