Understanding parental physical activity support in parents of children with developmental disabilities across two different countries

Byungmo Ku, Jooyeon Jin

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Abstract

Background: It remains unclear if there is a difference between parental physical activity (PA) support in parents of children with developmental disabilities (DDs) and parental PA support in parents of children without DDs across countries. Aims: The purposes of the current study were to examine parental PA support in parents of children with and without DDs from the United States and South Korea and to examine their parental PA support mechanism based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB). Methods and procedures: An online survey was used to measure demographic information, parental PA support, and four constructs of TPB in parents with and without DDs in the two countries (n = 277). One-way analysis of variance was used to compare parental PA support and the TPB constructs among the participants. Two separate path analyses were performed to examine associations between the TPB constructs and parental PA support in American parents of children with and without disabilities and South Korean parents of children with and without disabilities. Outcomes and results: Parental PA support was significantly higher in American parents of children with DDs than in South Korean parents of children with DDs. Intention was significantly associated with parental PA support, and attitude was the strongest predictor for intention in both pathway models. Conclusions and implications: The difference in parental PA support between American parents of children with DDs and South Korean parents of children with DDs may exist. TPB-based intervention may be necessary in order to increase low parental PA support in South Korean parents of children with DDs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104140
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume120
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Physical inactivity
  • Social support

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