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An Examination of Parent-Reported Facilitators and Barriers to Organized Physical Activity Engagement for Youth With Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Physical, and Medical Conditions

Papadopoulos, N V, Whelan, M, Skouteris, H, Williams, K, McGinley, J, Shih, S T F, Emonson, C, Moss, S A, Sivaratnam, C, Whitehouse, AJO and Rinehart, N 2020, An Examination of Parent-Reported Facilitators and Barriers to Organized Physical Activity Engagement for Youth With Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Physical, and Medical Conditions, Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.568723.

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Title An Examination of Parent-Reported Facilitators and Barriers to Organized Physical Activity Engagement for Youth With Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Physical, and Medical Conditions
Author(s) Papadopoulos, N VORCID iD for Papadopoulos, N V orcid.org/0000-0001-9057-1672
Whelan, M
Skouteris, H
Williams, K
McGinley, J
Shih, S T F
Emonson, CORCID iD for Emonson, C orcid.org/0000-0003-1791-8339
Moss, S A
Sivaratnam, CORCID iD for Sivaratnam, C orcid.org/0000-0002-0841-1344
Whitehouse, AJO
Rinehart, NORCID iD for Rinehart, N orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name Frontiers in Psychology
Volume number 11
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Frontiers Media
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-09-29
ISSN 1664-1078
Keyword(s) organized physical activity
positive youth development
disability
facilitators
barriers
Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
PARTICIPATION
CHILDREN
DISABILITIES
SUPPORT
SPORTS
MOTIVATION
BEHAVIOR
ADULTS
NEEDS
FUN
Summary Organized physical activity (OPA) is an important contributor to physical, social, and emotional health and well-being; however, young people with disabilities are participating at lower rates than their peers without disabilities. This study aimed to (1) compare facilitators and barriers to OPA for young people with disabilities who currently do and do not participate in OPA and (2) to assess whether groups differed in the type of internal and external assets they reported. Parents of 218 young people (41% with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder) with a diverse representation of disabilities completed an online survey. Young people were categorized as either participants in OPA (n = 131) or non-participants (n = 87) by parent report. Non-participation was significantly predicted by the barrier “there are no activities my child enjoys” and by a lack of children’s motivation and happiness during OPA. Significant internal assets differentiating participants from non-participants were the ability to understand simple instructions, love of sport, and meeting physical activity guidelines. Significant external assets were parent and sibling participation in OPA, school type, and household income. The findings from this study have important implications for the design of public health interventions that aim to promote OPA in young people with disabilities, highlighting the need to make activities enjoyable, promote participation of siblings and parents, and support low-income families to participate.
Language eng
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.568723
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Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, Papadopoulos, Whelan, Skouteris, Williams, McGinley, Shih, Emonson, Moss, Sivaratnam, Whitehouse and Rinehart
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