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Brief Report: Perceived Barriers to Physical Activity Among a National Sample of Autistic Adults

Auteurs: Sean Healy, Benjamin Brewer, Paige Laxton, Brittany Powers, Julie Daly, Joseph McGuire, Freda Patterson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 10/2022

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Abstract

Improving physical activity (PA) levels in autistic adults is an important population health goal. Limiting efforts to achieve this goal is an incomplete understanding of the barriers to PA in this high-risk group. This study utilized cross-sectional data collected via an electronic survey from 253 autistic adults aged 18–50 years to examine their perceived barriers to PA, how PA barriers differed by demographic factors, and the relationship between PA barriers and meeting PA guidelines. The Barriers to Physical Activity scale assessed the independent variable. Lack of motivation to exercise, perceiving exercise as boring, and lack of transportation were the most strongly endorsed barriers to PA. Participants who reported these barriers were significantly less likely (≤ 50%) to meet PA guidelines.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Brief Report: Perceived Barriers to Physical Activity Among a National Sample of Autistic Adults
Auteurs
Sean Healy
Benjamin Brewer
Paige Laxton
Brittany Powers
Julie Daly
Joseph McGuire
Freda Patterson
Publicatiedatum
08-10-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 10/2022
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05319-8

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