Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Program

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

Committee Chair Name

Jill Pawlowski

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

David Adams

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Kinesiology

Abstract

Children with disabilities are not participating in enough physical activity to meet the recommendations for health benefits. Parental perceptions of their child’s physical competence has a role in influencing physical activity levels. Parental perceptions can be improved through observations of their children in successful physical situations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to analyze change in parental perceptions of their child’s physical competence after participating in a family-centered physical activity program. Five parents with a child aged six to 21 years with a disability participated in this study. Parental perceptions were assessed with the Perceived Competence Scale for Children, which included seven questions and was scored using a four-point likert scale. A one-sample t-test revealed that there was no change in parental perceptions of their child’s physical competence after participating in this study. This result could have been due to lack of engagement in the family centered program or already high perceptions of competence. Future researchers should continue this line of research with a larger sample population, parents of children who do not regularly participate in local physical activity programs for children with disabilities, and utilize more contact with participants during the physical activity program.

Citation Style

APA

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