Parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities: A mixed methods systematic review

McGarty, A. M. and Melville, C. A. (2018) Parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with intellectual disabilities: A mixed methods systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 73, pp. 40-57. (doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2017.12.007) (PMID:29248807)

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Abstract

Background: There is a need increase our understanding of what factors affect physical activity participation in children with intellectual disabilities (ID) and develop effective methods to overcome barriers and increase activity levels. Aim: This study aimed to systematically review parental perceptions of facilitators and barriers to physical activity for children with ID. Methods: A systematic search of Embase, Medline, ERIC, Web of Science, and PsycINFO was conducted (up to and including August, 2017) to identify relevant papers. A meta-ethnography approach was used to synthesise qualitative and quantitative results through the generation of third-order themes and a theoretical model. Results: Ten studies were included, which ranged from weak to strong quality. Seventy-one second-order themes and 12 quantitative results were extracted. Five third-order themes were developed: family, child factors, inclusive programmes and facilities, social motivation, and child’s experiences of physical activity. It is theorised that these factors can be facilitators or barriers to physical activity, depending on the information and education of relevant others, e.g. parents and coaches. Conclusions: Parents have an important role in supporting activity in children with ID. Increasing the information and education given to relevant others could be an important method of turning barriers into facilitators.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Melville, Professor Craig and Mcgarty, Dr Arlene
Authors: McGarty, A. M., and Melville, C. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Research in Developmental Disabilities
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0891-4222
ISSN (Online):1873-3379
Published Online:14 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Research in Developmental Disabilities 73:40-57
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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