Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type



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

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Jill Pawlowski

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Sally Carlson-Mircetich

Second Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Chris Hopper

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



Children and youth with disabilities have a higher risk of obesity than typically developing peers in part due to low physical activity levels. Increasing physical activity can increase children's’ health related quality of life, psychological well-being, and contribute to the prevention or delay of chronic diseases. One way to increase physical activity is by getting parents involved as facilitators of activity but they do not always have the skills to do so. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a 5-session physical activity educational program on parental self-efficacy for facilitating independent physical activity for their children with disabilities. Participants included parents of children between the ages of six and 22 who has a disability and participated in a one week educational program that aimed to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate that physical activity. Self-efficacy was measured through a questionnaire and a paired-samples t-test to determine the effect of a 5-session physical activity educational program on parents self-efficacy. However, the program did not have a significant effect on the parents self-efficacy. Due to the nature of recruiting parents from existing physical activity programs, future research should examine the effects of this program on the self-efficacy for parents who are not actively engaged in physical activity programs with their children with disabilities.

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