Mississippi State University
Oreskovic, Nicolas M.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Education
Department of Kinesiology
Identifying factors that influence physical activity (PA) among individuals with Down syndrome (DS) is essential for PA promotion. Insight can be gained from guardians and health professionals. The purpose was to compare guardians and health professional perspectives on facilitators and barriers of PA in individuals with DS. Interviews were conducted with 11 guardians (5 mothers, 4 fathers, 2 legal guardians) and 11 professionals (4 PA specialists, 3 physical therapists, 4 occupational therapists). Grounded Theory was applied to data analysis. Barriers and facilitators fit the levels of the Ecological Model of Health Behavior: (a) Intrapersonal (perceived rewards); (b) Interpersonal (interaction); (c) Community (availability of programs); (d) Organizational (school systems); (e) Policy (education). Guardians and professionals agreed on the importance of enjoyment, interaction, and programs to promote PA. Differences were found among organizational and policy levels. PA in persons with DS is influenced by interactions between individual and environmental factors.
Schultz, Emma, "Physical activity in individuals with Down syndrome: A qualitative examination of the perspectives of guardians and health professionals" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5495.