Environmental Barriers to Participation of Preschool Children with and without Physical Disabilities
AbstractEnvironment plays a vital role in affecting participation of young children in home, school, and community. Knowledge of environmental barriers helps to develop solutions or strategies that enable participation. The study compared the environmental barriers perceived by parents of preschool children with physical disabilities (PD, n = 142) and with typical development (TD, n = 192) in Taiwan. Parents identified environmental barriers by structured interview using the Chinese version of the Child and Adolescent Scale of Environment (CASE-C). The CASE-C is an 18-item measure of the impact of problems with physical, social, and attitudinal environmental features. Differences between the PD and TD groups in the summary scores for the CASE-C and the percentages of parents who perceived a problem for each item were examined by the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and Chi-square test. Parents of children with PD more often identified barriers related to family resources and community programs or services, social attitudes, assistance and supports outside of home, physical design of home and community, transportation, and assistive devices or equipment. Greater impacts of barriers were also reported by parents of preschool children with PD. Our findings provide evidence of environmental barriers that inform practice and policies to modify the barriers and provide an accessible and inclusive environment for families with young children. View Full-Text
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Kang, L.-J.; Hsieh, M.-C.; Liao, H.-F.; Hwang, A.-W. Environmental Barriers to Participation of Preschool Children with and without Physical Disabilities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 518.
Kang L-J, Hsieh M-C, Liao H-F, Hwang A-W. Environmental Barriers to Participation of Preschool Children with and without Physical Disabilities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(5):518.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kang, Lin-Ju; Hsieh, Ming-Chieh; Liao, Hua-Fang; Hwang, Ai-Wen. 2017. "Environmental Barriers to Participation of Preschool Children with and without Physical Disabilities." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 5: 518.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.