Adolescent Girls' Involvement in Disability Sport: A Comparison of Social Support Mechanisms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Women and girls with disabilities are historically disenfranchised from physical recreation due to the "double whammy" of being female and having a disability. The literature suggests that challenges to participation likely include lack of social support for girls with disabilities to participate in sport. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to examine differences in social support received by girls with disabilities who did and did not participate in organized wheelchair sport programs. In addition, the relationship between social support and outcomes tied to wheelchair sport participation were investigated. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using constant comparison techniques. Utilizing a model of social support as a framework, the findings illustrate multiple differences in social support mechanisms for girls who are and who are not involved in wheelchair sport programs.

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Journal of Leisure Research; 2008 2nd Quarter, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p183-207
Language: English
Date: 2008
Disability, Females, Social Support, Sport

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