Parents’ Beliefs and Intentions Toward Supporting Physical Activity Participation for Their Children With Disabilities

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  • 1 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • | 2 Northern Illinois University
  • | 3 Ewha Movement Center, South Korea
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The purpose of this study was to examine validity and reliability evidence of a questionnaire regarding parents’ beliefs and intentions toward supporting physical activity (PA) participation of their children with disabilities (CWD). A total of 220 parents of CWD in South Korea completed a questionnaire that was developed using the theory of planned behavior (TPB). Exploratory factor analysis revealed that behavioral, control, and normative beliefs accounted for 31.13%, 20.45%, and 19.63% of the total variance of the intention, respectively. Reliability of entire scale was .85 using Cronbach’s alpha. Reliabilities of the 3 beliefs were .86, .82, and .87, respectively. Standard multiple-regression analysis indicated that behavioral and normative beliefs significantly predicted parents’ intention, p < .01. Intention was a significant predictor of parents’ behavior, p < .01. The results of this study indicated that the TPB can be useful to examine parental support for PA participation of their CWD.

Jeong is with the Dept of Physical Education Teacher Education, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, PA. Kim is with the Dept of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Lee is with the Ewha Movement Center, Seoul, South Korea.

Address author correspondence to So-Yeun Kim at
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