Effects of an 8-Week structured physical activity program on psychosocial behaviors of children with intellectual disabilities

Peggy Hiu Nam Choi
Siu Yin Cheung

Abstract

© 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc. The study aimed to investigate the impact of an 8-wk structured physical activity program on selected psychosocial behaviors of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) and to estimate whether generalization occurred. Thirty children (22 boys, 8 girls) with mild ID took part in the study. The ANCOVA results showed a significant difference between the training group and the control group in emotional self-control mean scores, F(1, 25) = 7.61, p =.011, with the posttest mean score of the training group being better than that of the control group. The correlation analysis showed a medium, positive correlation between the gain scores of emotional self-control in the training context and classroom context of the training group (r =.41, n = 16, p =.12). Hence, generalization appeared to have occurred.