Theses and Dissertations



Agiovlasitis, Stamatis

Committee Member

Twietmeyer, Greg

Committee Member

Sergi, Katerina

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Kinesiology (Disability Studies)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Education


Department of Kinesiology


Autonomous physical activity (PA) is challenging for adults with Down syndrome (DS) therefore PA programs tailored around facilitators of PA in individuals with Down syndrome (DS) that also align with Self-determination theory (SDT) components could be a feasible and effective way of increasing PA. The purpose was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of a physical activity program based on self-determination theory in adults with Down syndrome. A dance program was conducted twice a week for 8 weeks. Each session was 60 minutes long. Adults with DS (n = 8) were tested before and after intervention for basic psychological needs satisfaction and physical performance. There were significant changes in some physical and psychological measures. The study demonstrated that a low-resource dance program based on SDT can be a feasible and effective way to engage adults with DS in physical activity