The effect of therapeutic recreation on aggressive behavior of youth in a residential treatment center
Dirschberger, Albert F., Jr.
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The purpose of this study is to identify if participation in active or passive recreational activities among youth placed in a residential treatment center is associated with reported acts of aggressive behaviors. Several individual and treatment variables were examined. A secondary data analysis of information from 281 files of youth placed in a residential treatment center who were between the ages of 9 and 18 was performed. Through descriptive statistics, chi square, and hierarchical regression analysis, significant results were indicated. Participation in either active and/or passive recreational activities and participation by any parent contributed to a decrease in reports of aggressive behaviors. These findings lend credence to the need for the use of therapeutic recreation and parental involvement in the treatment of youth placed in a residential treatment center.