The purpose of this study was to examine the application of the Personal and Social Responsibility Model (PSRM) in an adapted physical activity program. Although the PSRM was developed for use with underserved youth, scholars in the field of adapted physical activity have noted its potential relevance for children with disabilities. Using a collective case study, we explored the relevance and perceived benefits of the PSRM in an adapted martial arts program. Participants were five male children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Data sources included observational field notes, medical records, and interviews with participants’ physicians, therapists, and parents. The following themes were generated from the data: increased sense of ability, positive feelings about the program, positive social interactions, and therapeutic relevance. These results indicate that the PSRM can be made relevant to children with disabilities, especially when coupled with appealing and therapeutically relevant content.
Paul Wright is with the Dept. of Human Movement Sciences & Education, Univ. of Memphis, 215 Roane Fieldhouse, Memphis, TN 38152; Katherine White is with the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Univ., Morton 1-606, 303 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; Deborah Gaebler-Spira is with the Dept. of Pediatric Rehab., Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 11th floor, 345 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611.