Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Jasmine Townsend, Ph.D., CTRS, Committee Chair
Brandi M. Crowe, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS
Brent L. Hawkins, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS
Lauren Duffy, Ph.D.
The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of an international adaptive sports training program on attitudes towards individuals with physical disabilities. Participants (n=37), either college students or professors at the Institute of Physical Education in Chiang Mai, Thailand, were involved in an international adaptive sports training program provided by the U.S. Department of State. The Multidimensional Attitudes Scale Toward Persons with Disabilities (MAS) was used to measure attitudes before and after exposure to the international adaptive sports training program. A one-way ANOVA and descriptive statistics were utilized to compare participant scores across time, and explore demographic information. Findings indicated that there were no significant changes in attitudes upon exposure to and experience with adaptive sports and individuals with disabilities. While adaptive sports benefit the participant physically, emotionally, cognitively, and psychologically, adaptive sports can also serve as a vehicle to combat society’s negative attitudes. However, more work is needed in developing an appropriate tool to evaluate such programs in order to achieve attitude changes.
Murphy, Elizabeth Atwood, "Understanding Thai Attitudes Toward Individuals with Physical Disabilities: Outcome of an International Adaptive Sports Training Program" (2018). All Theses. 2922.