Research Trends in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly From 2004 to 2013

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Justin A. HaegeleOld Dominion University

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Jihyun LeeSam Houston State University

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David L. PorrettaThe Ohio State University

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The purpose of this documentary analysis was to examine trends in research published in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ) over a 10-yr span. A total of 181 research articles published from 2004 to 2013 were coded and analyzed using the following categories: first-author country affiliation, theoretical framework, intervention, research methods, disability categories, and topical focus. Results indicate high frequencies of nonintervention and group-design studies, as well as a low frequency of studies that describe a theoretical or conceptual framework. Trends in disability of participants and topical focus reflect current interests of researchers publishing in APAQ. While some scholars have suggested that changes in research on adapted physical activity would occur, the results of this analysis suggest that many of these categories remain largely unchanged for research published in APAQ. This study calls attention to similarities between the results of the current analysis and previous ones.

Haegele is with the Dept. of Human Movement Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Lee is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Porretta is with the Dept. of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Address author correspondence to Justin Haegele at jhaegele@odu.edu
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