Egyptian and U.S. Parent Attitudes Regarding Adapted Physical Activities (APA) for Children with Disabilities

By Sherin Elmahdy, Patrick DiRocco and Ezzeldin R. Aly.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The purpose of this study was to compare attitudes between Egyptian and US parents as concerning the benefits of APA programs for children with disabilities to improve quality of life and acceptance from society. The participants in this study were parents of children with disabilities involved in swimming programs. We choose swimming as an activity to help improve the social attitude by the social engagement that happen during the swimming sessions. Moreover swimming is a famous and favorite sport in both countries. The data were collected through the use of a survey that employed a 5.0 Likert scale. The differences between the two groups were less than 10 %. There was approximately 20% differences with two age groupings. The US group having younger children, and the Egyptian group had more ten to 16 years old children. Three questions had significant differences. All three questions were related to social interactions.

Keywords: Cross Culture, Swimming, Accessibility

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.39-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 770.890KB).

Dr. Sherin Elmahdy

Visiting Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Patrick DiRocco

Chair Department, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Ezzeldin R. Aly

Assistant Professor, Physical Education, Division Of Health And Movement Science, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, USA

Assistant professor at the Graceland University. Over the past 20 years, have taught in a variety of areas, serving not only as a faculty member but in numerous other areas including coaching swimming. known as an internationally swim coach whose teams regularly participated in international swim meets, at the World and Olympic levels. Holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education, from Whittier College, California, USA & Helwan University, Egypt. Also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education and Sport Science. Most recently served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.