Physical activity has been associated with reductions in symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children. Paradoxically, children impacted by mental health disorders participate in less physical activity than their peers. The aims of this PhD were to (a) understand the physical activity experiences of children with mental health disorders and the factors influencing these experiences, including physical literacy; (b) develop a physical activity-based program, Fit for Play, designed to meet the specific physical activity-related needs of children impacted by complex mental health disorders; and (c) implement Fit for Play within a local, government-funded child and adolescent mental health service.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||29 Sep 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|