The purpose of the qualitative study was to use phenomenology to explore and describe the friendships between people with and without disabilities. Eight camp participants answered questions about their friendships at Zeno Mountain Farm, an inclusive camp in Bristol, Vermont. All participants agreed the definition of friendship is the same for all people; this did not change at camp. The major themes that arose were reciprocity, belonging and opportunity. Creating space for these friendships to grow was imperative. Overall this study can add to the body of knowledge concerning friendship formation with people with disabilities.
|Commitee:||D'Eloia, Melissa, Robertson, Terry|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Recreation and Leisure Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Belonging, Disability, Friendship, Mixed-abilities, Opportunity, Reciprocity|
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