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Physical activity project profiles of parents having a child with an intellectual disability

Lamirande-Landry Hugo, Fortin Jean-Simon, Lachance Lise, McKinnon Suzie, Cournoyer Louis et Richer Louis. (2021). Physical activity project profiles of parents having a child with an intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34, (5), p. 1244.

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Background: Research has shown that physical activity helps to cope with stress and prevents its adverse effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, many parents don't practice such activity due to their other obligations. Until now, few studies have investigated the link between physical activity and the experience of psychological distress among parents having a child with an intellectual disability. Yet, parents having a child with an intellectual disability are known to experience more stress and distress than general population and could benefit from incorporating such activity in their life. This study explores the personal projects of these parents related to physical activity.

Method: Overall, 47 mothers and 37 fathers participated in a semi-structured interview to complete Little's (1983) Personal Project Analysis Grid. Following a repeated reading of transcripts, two coders proceeded to a thematic content analysis.

Results: Only 32 parents considered physical activity as one of their five most important personal projects. Five profiles of parents emerged: need an 8th day, why not tomorrow, it's beneficial, it's enjoyable, a life or death matter.

Conclusions: These profiles highlight issues faced by some parents and could lead to implement specific resources or interventions to support them in their projects.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 1244
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales > Psychologie
Sciences de la santé
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Module de psychologie
Mots-clés:physical activity, exercise, parents, psychological distress, intellectual disability, persons with mental disabilities, child, activité physique, exercice, détresse psychologique, déficience intellectuelle, personne handicapée mentale, enfant
Informations complémentaires:Proceedings of the 6th IASSIDD Europe Congress: Value Diversity Communication à un congrès.
Déposé le:01 sept. 2021 02:05
Dernière modification:01 sept. 2021 02:05
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