Let's get physical! Promoting physical literacy development and physical activity participation in children with mental health disorders

Kathryn Fortnum

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Reid, Siobhan, Supervisor
  • Furzer, Bonnie, Supervisor
  • Jackson, Ben, Supervisor
  • Elliott, Catherine, Supervisor
  • Wong, Janice, Supervisor
  • Davies, Simon, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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