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ERIC Number: EJ937200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Parental Influence and the Attraction to Physical Activity for Youths Who Are Visually Impaired at a Residential-Day School
Ward, Stefan; Farnsworth, Charles; Babkes-Stellino, Megan; Perrett, Jamis
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v105 n8 p493-498 Aug 2011
The study reported here investigated social influences on the attraction to physical activity and perceptions of physical competence among youths with visual impairments. The study was a qualitative case study of a residential-day school in a western state. Eight youths (5 boys and 3 girls) aged 10-18 were interviewed. The participants were chosen from all available students with visual impairments who had no other physical or mental impairments and could respond appropriately to the questions. During the interviews, the youths were asked questions that were derived from the Children's Attraction to Physical Activity (CAPA) survey (Brustad, 1993, 1996). Individual interviews were conducted over two days and lasted approximately 30-45 minutes each. They were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. The participants were given pseudonyms in the transcriptions in an attempt to maintain their anonymity. The analysis revealed a number of meaningful themes related to the results of the previous CAPA survey. The participants reported high levels of interest in a variety of sports and physical activities. These results were expressed in the themes of motivation to be physically active or to play a sport, perceptions of physical competence, and perceived social influence of parents or peers. Several themes and subthemes were found for each of these categories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado