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The influence of child-related factors on caregiver perceptions of their child’s sustained participation in a community football program: A study of children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders

Sivaratnam, Carmel, Devenish, Bethany, Chellew, Tayla, Papadopoulos, Nicole, McGillivray, Jane and Rinehart, Nicole 2021, The influence of child-related factors on caregiver perceptions of their child’s sustained participation in a community football program: A study of children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020831.

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Title The influence of child-related factors on caregiver perceptions of their child’s sustained participation in a community football program: A study of children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders
Author(s) Sivaratnam, CarmelORCID iD for Sivaratnam, Carmel orcid.org/0000-0002-0841-1344
Devenish, BethanyORCID iD for Devenish, Bethany orcid.org/0000-0001-6772-5186
Chellew, Tayla
Papadopoulos, NicoleORCID iD for Papadopoulos, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-9057-1672
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Rinehart, NicoleORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Article ID 831
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
participation
involvement
organised physical activity
neurodevelopmental disorders
autism spectrum disorder
Summary This study evaluated the influence of activity preference and involvement on season completion in a community-based football program for children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. Caregivers (n = 1428) of 1529 children aged 4 to 17 (M = 7.27, SD = 1.85), with (n = 175) and without (n = 1354) neurodevelopmental disorders who were currently participating or had previously participated in a group-based NAB AFL Auskick football program completed an online survey. The survey collected information on their child’s completion of any attempted seasons of the football program, level of involvement during the sessions and preference for football over other sports and activities. Eighty percent of children with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis had completed all seasons of Auskick, compared with 93% of children without a neurodevelopmental diagnosis. Results indicated that children with neurodevelopmental disorders (n = 135) were 3.71 times less likely to complete a football season than their typically developing peers (n = 903). Higher levels of involvement during football sessions and greater preference for football were linked to a higher football season completion rate, irrespective of neurodevelopmental disability diagnosis. This study highlights the influence of child-related factors, in particular, preference and involvement, on children’s sustained participation in community football programs, regardless of neurodevelopmental disability status.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph18020831
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30147731

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