Interscholastic Coaches’ Attitudes Toward Integration of Adolescents with Disabilities

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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The purpose of this study was to identify issues that may need to be addressed so that adolescents with disabilities are better integrated into interscholastic sports programs. The Coaches Attitude Toward Integration Questionnaire (CATIQ) was developed specifically to survey coaches’ attitudes about including adolescents with disabilities in interscholastic programs. After preliminary reliability checks were made and content validity established, the CATIQ was mailed to a random sample of 397 public school coaches. Results indicated that coaches tend to show agreement with the statement that adolescents with disabilities “have a right to sport opportunities” in interscholastic programs. However, coaches felt inadequately trained to address the needs of individuals with disabilities in integrated interscholastic sports settings.

Francis M. Kozub is with the Department of Health, Promotion and Human Performance at the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606-3390. David L. Porretta is with the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services at Ohio State University, 202 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.

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