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Mothers' Perspectives on Leisure Activities of Students with Mental Retardation during the Summer Break

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2009, 10(1), pp.343-362
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

신일근 1 Young-il Kim 2

1전남대학교 사범대학 부설중학교
2조선대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate the leisure activities of secondary school students with mental retardation during the summer break and their mother's needs for the children's leisure activities. The primary author interviewed individually with a total of 20 mothers in direct contact (13 cases) or on the phone (7 cases), taking an average of 50 minutes. All the interviews were audiorecorded, transcribed, and analyzed in accordance with qualitative research methods. The mothers reported that their children with mental retardation spent leisure at various types of centers but most of the programs were not interesting to them. The mothers stated that they were afraid of their children being driven out of the program and the centers ran short of support from the governments. The mothers stated that students with mental retardation got bored with staying home and that their children's stay at home during the break increased stress and conflicts between siblings. Finally, the participants expressed the need for expanding governmental support and diversifying the programs at centers. Their need was intensified by their statement that they would not have appropriate plans for their children with mental retardation during the upcoming winter break.

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