ERIC Number: EJ746084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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Levels of Engagement and Barriers to Physical Activity in a Population of Adults with Learning Disabilities
Hawkins, Andrew; Look, Roger
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v34 n4 p220-226 Dec 2006
This study examined levels of, and barriers to, physical activity in a population of 19 adults with learning disabilities living in community supported accommodation, using diary records and semi-structured interviews with staff. The levels of physical activity were higher in the sample population than previous figures for adults with learning disabilities, but lower than figures for the general population. The five main barriers to physical activity identified by staff were: clients' lack of understanding of the benefits of exercise; client mood; client lack of awareness of available options for physical activity; risk assessment issues and financial constraints.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Adults, Mental Retardation, Diaries, Interviews, Client Characteristics, Financial Problems, Exercise, At Risk Persons, Physical Activity Level, Comparative Analysis, Participation, Knowledge Level, Emotional Response
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