Effects of a peer-mediated aerobic conditioning program on fitness levels of youth with mental retardation: Two systematic replications

James W. Halle, Debra Gabler-Halle, Y. Barry Chung

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Abstract

The generality of a peer-mediated exercise program designed to enhance aerobic fitness of 17 children with moderate and severe cognitive disabilities was evaluated. Two systematic replications of the program were conducted. Participants' ages, disability levels, and school settings varied. Target participants were paired with peers without disabilities. These students encouraged their peers to maintain requisite levels of exercise intensity and monitored their heart rates. A between-group multiple-baseline design was used to evaluate program effects. Results replicated earlier findings. Aerobic fitness of participants, measured by exercise heart-rates, improved when the exercise program was introduced. Results for individual participants reflected more variability than combined group data. Implications for overcoming motivational barriers and obtaining valued outcomes correlated with the program are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-448
Number of pages14
JournalMental Retardation
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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