Faculty Publications

Title

Exercise barrier severity and perseverance of active youth with physical disabilities

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Barriers, Exercise, Perseverance, Physical activity, Rasch model, Youth

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Rehabilitation Psychology

Volume

52

Issue

2

First Page

170

Last Page

176

Abstract

Purpose: The authors investigated perceived exercise and physical activity barriers of active youth with physical disabilities. Research Method/Design: A 46-item exercise barrier instrument was administered to 145 youth (117 boys and 28 girls, 12 to 19 years of age). Using the Rasch model, the authors estimated barrier severity and youths' exercise perseverance. Model-data fit was determined by Infit and Outfit statistics (≥ 0.5 and ≤ 1.5). Results: Except for 1 item, the model fit the data well. The most difficult barriers that youth with physical disabilities faced were lack of time and pain or discomfort. The older youth demonstrated higher exercise perseverance than the younger youth. There were no differences in youths' exercise perseverance scores by gender or National Wheelchair Basketball Association classification. Implications: Removing severe barriers should be a part of future exercise and physical activity interventions targeting this population. © 2007 APA, all rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

5-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1037/0090-5550.52.2.170

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