Understanding the relationship between participation in organized sport and self-efficacy in paediatric cancer survivor
LE3 .A278 2021
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Organized sport plays an important role in fostering confidence and self-efficacy in children. For childhood cancer patients, the opportunity to engage in sport is often delayed due to treatment. Research has shown that involvement in physical activity can increase overall feelings of self-efficacy; however, few studies have focused on sport participation in childhood cancer survivors and its effects on physical and psychological health. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between sport participation and self-efficacy in a childhood cancer survivor. One 13-year-old male adolescent and his mother completed a demographic questionnaire and took part in three semi-structured interviews (M = 30 minutes) which included questions related to confidence and self-efficacy in sport. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Major themes reflected the adolescent’s ambivalence and lack of competence in sport post-cancer. This study enhancesour understanding of how self-efficacy can be fostered in sport among childhood cancer survivors.
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