Graduation Date

Fall 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

First Committee Member Name

Dr. Rock Braithwaite

First Committee Member Email

reb22@humboldt.edu

First Committee Member Affililation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Sean Healy

Second Committee Member Email

Sean.Healy@humboldt.edu

Second Committee Member Affililation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Krista Ranstrom

Third Committee Member Email

kdl19@humboldt.edu

Third Committee Member Affililation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the study is to examine the efficacy of physical activity interventions and practices on psychomotor, cognitive, or affective outcomes on young individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Methods: Standard meta-analytical procedures determining inclusion criteria, literature searches in electronic databases, coding procedures, and statistical methods were used to identify and synthesize articles retained for analysis. Cohen’s d (1988) will be utilized in order to interpret effect sizes and quantify research findings. The impact was assessed using coding procedures that categorize independent variables.

Results: A total of 23 independent samples (N=896) were utilized in this analysis. Results from meta-analyses indicated an overall high-moderate effect (g=0.761). Several outcomes indicated a moderate-to-high effect (g≥0.5). Moderator analyses were conducted to explain variance between groups; while no significant differences were found between groups, several trends were discovered within groups in which experimental groups outperformed control groups.

Citation Style

APA

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