Physical Recreation among Immigrant Hispanic Families with Children with Disabilities


  • Luis Columna
  • Jean Pyfer
  • Terry A. Senne


Hispanic families, physical activity, disabilities, family recreation, physical recreation


The purpose of this study was to identify benefits, constraints, and strategies to active participation in physical recreation activities among Hispanic families of children with disabilities living in North Texas. Ten interviews were conducted with Hispanic parents (N = 12) of children with disabilities. Transcripts were analyzed through a constant comparative analysis. Three themes emerged from the data: (a) individual and familial benefits, (b) family constraints, and (c) administrative constraints. The findings revealed that Hispanic families of children with disabilities tend to participate in a wide variety of informal recreational activities and highly value the psychologicaland social benefits that arise from being physically active. Despite these benefits, Hispanic families may face constraints that impact their physical recreation choices. However, they manage to engage their children with disabilities in physical activity whenever possible. These families voiced their desire to receive help from specialists in regard to community programs and activities for family participation.





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