Deborah R. Shapiro

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The purposes of this investigation were first to predict reported PA (physical activity) behavior and self-esteem using a multidimensional physical self-concept model and second to describe perceptions of multidimensional physical self-concept (e.g., strength, endurance, sport competence) among athletes with physical disabilities. Athletes (N = 36, M age =(More)
BACKGROUND Peer relationships account for a significant motivational influence on sport participation among youth athletes with and without disabilities. OBJECTIVE The primary purpose of this study was to determine if the quality of friendships, physical self-perceptions and general self-worth predicted close friendship, loneliness and social acceptance(More)
BACKGROUND Theory-based investigations of the psychosocial aspects of youth participation in disability sport are underresearched, suggesting a need for more scholarly inquiry in this area. We sought to examine athletic identity, affect, and peer relations of youth athletes with physical disabilities and selected relationships among these variables. (More)
This study examined the relationship between components of Eccles' (Eccles et al., 1983) expectancy-value model and perceptions of physical competence of children with and without learning disabilities (LD) across three physical activity contexts (physical education class, outdoor school recess, and at home). Participants, 60 children with and without LD(More)
Research is scarce in relation to using social-cognitive theory inclusive of social-cognitive, affective and environmental constructs to predict physical activity (PA) and fitness with hearing impaired (HI) children. Hence, the purpose of our investigation was to evaluate the ability of social cognitive variables (e.g., self-efficacy and social support),(More)
BACKGROUND Adapted sport, with its recreational, therapeutic, and competitive characteristics is increasingly serving as a forum through which to develop and maintain physical and psychological functioning, promote good health by developing a healthy lifestyle, and enhance health related quality of life (HRQoL) and life satisfaction of persons with(More)
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