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Physical activity in the life of a woman with severe cerebral palsy: Showing competence and being socially connected

Gaskin, Cadeyrn J and Anderson, Mark and Morris, Tony (2009) Physical activity in the life of a woman with severe cerebral palsy: Showing competence and being socially connected. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 56 (3). pp. 285-299. ISSN 1034-912X

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Abstract

We used a life-history approach to investigate the meanings and experiences of physical activity in the life of a 25-year-old woman with severe cerebral palsy (Amy). Amy and her mother were interviewed about Amy’s life and her involvement in physical activity. The conversation was audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. We interpreted Amy’s story using psychodynamic theory. Although Amy enjoyed learning to walk, she developed a sense of inferiority on entering the school environment because her skills did not compare favourably with those of her classmates without disabilities. Despite these negative experiences, Amy became more physically active as an adult than she had been as a child and as an adolescent, with the intention of delaying further functional decline, to stay socially connected to the people around her and to gain self-esteem through displaying competence at physical tasks. For Amy, engaging in physical activity was intimately tied to psychosocial growth, especially as a young adult. Further research should be conducted to investigate whether this relationship between physical activity and psychosocial growth is present in the lives of other people with disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID18204. cerebral palsy, physical activity, psychodynamic theory, psychosocial development, female, women, social relationships
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 01:36
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 06:14
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4300
DOI: 10.1080/10349120903102312
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Citations in Scopus: 4 - View on Scopus

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