Traditional martial arts and children with ADHD : self-perceptions of competence

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Lane G. Graham (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Judith Niemeyer

Abstract: "The overall purpose of this study was to explore the influences that traditional martial arts may have on the self-perceptions of children with ADHD. Specifically, two foci were examined. First, this research study explored and described the aspect of self-perceptions of competence that children with ADHD experience. Second, it explored and described the process of participation in a traditional martial arts program of training by children with ADHD and what influences the program had on the children and their feelings regarding ability and success. Using a case study design, seven students with ADHD from grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in the 15-week study. Through pre-intervention and post-intervention parent and student interviews, weekly verbal debriefings, weekly observational protocols, and bi-weekly parent phone contacts, insight was gained about the influences of traditional martial arts on the self-perceptions of competence of children with ADHD. While results indicated that many characteristics seemed to be present in most of the students that participated in the study, more specific themes linked all of the students with regard to their individual levels of self-perceptions of competence. Additional outcomes regarding students' personal feelings and increased skill development during the training were also demonstrated and observed."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2007
martial arts, self-perceptions, children, ADHD
Martial arts for children
Attention-deficit-disordered children

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