The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between family leisure involvement and family functioning among families with an adolescent in mental health treatment. The sample (N=181) was obtained by sampling parents and adolescents enrolled in mental health treatment at Heritage Schools. Of the 181 participants, 52 cases consisted of matched parent and youth responses, 24 cases consisted of just parent responses, and 53 cases consisted of just adolescent responses. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between family leisure involvement and family functioning among families with youth in mental health treatment, and that when comparing this sample to a sample of normative families there would be differences between their family functioning and family leisure involvement. Findings indicated significant differences across all family functioning variables and some differences in family leisure involvement variables between the two samples. Findings also indicated significant positive relationships between family leisure and family functioning variables from the parent and youth perspectives in the sample of families with youth in mental health treatment. Recommendations for further research and implications for practitioners are discussed.
College and Department
Marriott School of Management; Recreation Management
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nutter, Jasmine Aileen, "Contribution of Family Leisure to Family Functioning Among Families with Adolescents in Mental Health Treatment" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 1616.
balance family leisure, core family leisure, family leisure, family adaptability, family cohesion, family functioning, mental health treatment, adolescents, youth.