ERIC Number: EJ1133682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Physical Activity Levels, Frequency, and Type among Adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder
Stanish, Heidi I.; Curtin, Carol; Must, Aviva; Phillips, Sarah; Maslin, Melissa; Bandini, Linda G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n3 p785-794 Mar 2017
We compared time spent in moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA), type, and frequency of participation in physical activities between adolescents with ASD (n = 35) and typically developing (TD) adolescents (n = 60). Accelerometers measured MVPA and participants were interviewed about engagement in physical activities. Adolescents with ASD spent less time in MVPA compared to TD adolescents (29 min/day vs. 50 min/day, p < 0.001) and fewer met the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (14 vs. 29%, p > 0.05). Among adolescents <16 years old, those with ASD participated in fewer activities than TD adolescents (5.3 vs. 7.1 activities, p < 0.03). Walking/hiking and active video gaming were among the top activities for both groups. Findings support the need for interventions that meet the needs of youth with ASD.
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Measurement Equipment, Exercise, Participation, Adolescents, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Interviews, Time
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: HD059100; HD059100S1; HD004147; DK046200