Barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity: The experiences of a group of South African adolescents with cerebral palsy

J Health Psychol. 2016 Feb;21(2):152-63. doi: 10.1177/1359105314523305. Epub 2014 Mar 6.

Abstract

Participation in regular physical activity promotes physical health and psychosocial well-being. Interventions are thus needed to promote physical activity, particularly among groups of individuals, such as persons with disability, who are marginalised from physical activity. This study explored the experiences of a group of South African adolescents with cerebral palsy. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 adolescents with cerebral palsy. The results provided insight into a range of factors that promote and hinder participation in physical activity among adolescents with cerebral palsy in resource-scarce environments.

Keywords: adolescents; context; disability; exercise; sport.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cerebral Palsy / psychology*
  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation
  • Child
  • Disabled Persons / psychology
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Social Support
  • South Africa
  • Sports