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
Second Committee Member Affiliation
Community Member or Outside Professional
Third Committee Member Name
Dr. Chris Hopper
Third Committee Member Affiliation
HSU Faculty or Staff
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.
Romero, Dahnika Y., "Effects of a physical activity educational program on parents self-efficacy for facilitating independent physical activity for their children with disabilities" (2019). Cal Poly Humboldt theses and projects. 279.