Perceived benefits of and attitudes about alcohol use among therapeutic recreation students


  • Heewon Yang, PhD, CTRS
  • Hansook Yi, PhD



alcohol use, attitudes about alcohol, perceived benefits of alcohol use


A previous study1 found that therapeutic recreation (TR) students are more heavily engaged in a variety of alcohol-related activities than are other recreation major students. Thus, the main purpose of this study was to provide both educators in TR and TR professionals in practice with more information about alcohol use among TR students. First, this study examined the participants’ perceptions on the benefits of alcohol use. The study results were compared with the perceived benefits that are reported by other recreation students and general public in the United States. This study further examined beliefs and attitudes about alcohol use among TR students. As supplemental data, the participants’ attitudes were compared with those of other recreation students (ie, outdoor, community, and commercial).

Author Biographies

Heewon Yang, PhD, CTRS

Associate Professor, Department of Health Education and Recreation, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

Hansook Yi, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Department of Health Education and Recreation Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.


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How to Cite

Yang, PhD, CTRS, H., & Yi, PhD, H. (2010). Perceived benefits of and attitudes about alcohol use among therapeutic recreation students. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 9(2), 21–32.




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