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The feasibility of using a peer-guided model to enhance participation in community-based physical activity for youth with intellectual disability



The feasibility of using a peer-guided model to enhance participation in community-based physical activity for youth with intellectual disability



Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 15(3): 209-217



We examined the feasibility of a using a peer-guided model to foster participation of youth with intellectual disability in community-based exercise. The intervention was designed to address personal barriers to exercise commonly faced by individuals with intellectual disability. Twenty adolescents with mild-moderate intellectual disability and 14 typically developing peers exercised in groups of two or three, 2 days per week for 15 weeks at YMCAs. Each dyad or triad provided reciprocal support during structured, individualized exercise sessions led by certified fitness trainers. Adherence to the program was high and youth with intellectual disability showed a significant reduction in personal barriers. They also felt they had learned new skills and made new friends. Typically developing youth were also positive about their experience as a volunteer. Our findings suggest that a peer-guided exercise model is useful for enhancing participation in community-based exercise.

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PMID: 22123679

DOI: 10.1177/1744629511422137


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