Parents' Beliefs About Physical Activity for Their Children With Visual Impairments

Luis Columna, Denzil A. Streete, Samuel R. Hodge, Suzanna Rocco Dillon, Beth Myers, Michael L. Norris, Tiago Barreira, Kevin S Heffernan

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Abstract

Despite having the desire to become physically active as a family, parents of children with visual impairments often lack the skills and resources needed to provide appropriate physical activities (PAs) for their children. The purpose of this study was to explore the intentions of parents of children with visual impairments toward including their children in PAs after participating in a PA program. In this descriptive qualitative study, the participants were 10 parents of children with visual impairments. A series of workshops were designed to provide parents with the skills and resources needed to promote PA for their family. Upon completion of the workshops, parents took part in one-on-one semistructured interviews that were subsequently transcribed and analyzed using a thematic line-by-line process. Two interdependent themes emerged from the data analyses: (a) eye-opening experiences and (b) transformed, more hopeful, and optimistic outlook. The results revealed that through the PA intervention, parents learned teaching strategies that were intended to increase their PA opportunities and garnered resources that allowed them to teach their children to participate in PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-380
Number of pages20
JournalAdapted physical activity quarterly : APAQ
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • blindness/visual impairments
  • parental involvement
  • physical activity interventions
  • theory of planned behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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