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ERIC Number: EJ1026833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
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Group Member or Outsider: Perceptions of Undergraduates with Disabilities on Leisure Time Physical Activity
Devine, Mary Ann
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v26 n2 p119-133 Sum 2013
College provides students with many opportunities to achieve academic success and enrich other aspects of their lives. Participating in campus activities can reduce stress, create social connections, promote healthy active living, and broaden civic engagement (Lindsey & Sessoms, 2006; Watson, Ayers, Zizzi, & Naoi, 2006). Studies noting these benefits appear to include only students without disabilities, particularly investigations that addressed physical recreation options. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of college students with disabilities on their access to and engagement in leisure time physical activities on their campus. Using a qualitative method, 16 full-time undergraduate students were interviewed. Findings included themes of right fit, quality of life, and connectedness. Recommendations focusing on the individual and the educational environments in which they live are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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