Associations Between Perceived Social Support, Perceived Competence, and Physical Activity in Hong Kong Children With Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ming Hui Li, Jane Jie Yu, Stephen Heung Sang Wong, Raymond Kim Wai Sum, Cindy Hui Ping Sit

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the associations between perceived social support, perceived competence, and physical activity in children with physical and intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the third wave of the pandemic in Hong Kong (i.e., July through December 2020), 291 participants age 6-17 years from 27 special schools were included. After controlling for demographic variables, the total variance explained by perceived social support and perceived competence was 24%, F(2, 240) = 12.42, p < .001, with perceived competence having a stronger association with physical activity (β = 0.29, p < .001) than perceived social support (β = 0.07, p = .22). This study highlights two key facilitators for shaping physical activity involvement among children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-141
Number of pages16
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date17 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

Funder

The study was funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, for which the authors are very grateful.

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • special schools
  • psychological health
  • ICF-CY framework

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