Promoting the social inclusion of players with intellectual disabilities: an assessment tool for sport coaches

Roy McConkey*, Florian Pochstein, Liz Carlin, Sabine Menke

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Abstract

Including people with intellectual disability in sport is a challenge for coaches and particularly the inclusion of these players alongside non-disabled peers. Drawing initially on the experiences of 47 coaches recruited through Special Olympics, a self-completed assessment tool was devised that can be used to evaluate the promotion of social inclusion within sport teams and the wider community. The emerging tool was field-tested with 389 coaches in the USA and seven European countries. The resulting 13 or 20 item scale had commendable psychometric properties both in terms of internal and test-retest reliability with evidence also for its ecological and predictive validity. As well as its use as a self-assessment tool within training courses for coaches, it also opens research opportunities into the relationship between this measure of inclusion and outcomes for both the coaches and for the players.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSport in Society
Early online date11 Oct 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2019

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