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Jag kan, Jag vågar: Kan den fysiska självkänslan hos barn med funktionsnedsättning ökas genom riktade insatser i samarbete med lokala idrotttsföreningar?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

According to Raustorp (2006) the individually perceived physical self-esteem is important for the physical activities in which individuals choose to engage. And physical activity is, according to Fox (2000) valuable to increase and sustain physical self-esteem. Raustorp (2006) claims that success in carrying out physical activities strengthens a person’s self-efficacy expectations and creates an incentive to try out new physical activities. The main purpose of the present study is to investigate whether physical self-esteem in children with disabilities can be strengthened through targeted and adapted sports activities led by specially educated leaders. Another purpose of this study is to try out whether a model of specialized co-operation between the public sector, and the local sports clubs, can be a successful in strengthening the physical self-esteem among children with disabilities. The study is based on a sports-project for 45 children of 8-14 years of age with different types of disabilities. During the project the children participated in training sessions once a week and tried out twelve different sport activities. The children´s physical self-esteem was measured, at the start of and at the end of, the project according to the well-established method of CY-PSPP (Children and Youth Physical Self- Perception Profile). This method has not previously been applied to children with disabilities. The result shows that these children´s perceived physical self-esteem is equal to that of children without disabilities. The median in this study of total physical self-esteem is 104 points, which can be compared to median points varying between 100 and 107 in previous studies based on children without disabilities. Furthermore, there was a statistically significant increase of the means in four out of six different domains of physical self-esteem before and after the study was carried out. The results of the study in the project suggest that this model is not only successful in creating activities adapted to children with disabilities but it also strengthens these children´s physical self-esteem.

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children with disabilities, physical self-esteem, physical activity
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99708OAI: diva2:787892
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Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-12 Last updated: 2015-02-12Bibliographically approved

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