This study investigated the question "How does a child with Down's syndrome impact family vacation patterns?" Interviews were conducted with 25 families who had at least three children, one of whom had Down's syndrome. Four major conclusions were drawn. First, in the amount of time spent 1n family leisure, vacations were second only to sports-related activities and were equal to television and VCR viewing. Second, camping was identified as the favorite family leisure activity. Third, factors affecting family vacations included time constraints, location of family vacations, lack of recreational opportunities, and physical and/or behavioral problems experienced by the child with Down's syndrome. Finally, in most cases the presence of a child with Down's syndrome did not significantly alter family vacation patterns. Some families, however, exhibited extreme adjustments based primarily on severe physical complications and/or behavioral problems associated with Down's syndrome.
"Vacation Patterns of Families Who Have a Child with Down's Syndrome,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 10
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol10/iss4/2