Date of Last Revision

2023-05-02 14:20:33


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2016


The prevalence of developmental disabilities in children in the United States is a serious problem. Since children with developmental disabilities often show decreased self-efficacy and balance, researchers have studied the effects of interventions in this population. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of a 10-week THR session on balance and task-specific self-efficacy in children with physical disabilities ages 6 to 18 years old. Bandura’s social cognitive theory and The Physical Stress Theory will guide the quasi-experimental study. A pre-test post-test design will be implemented over a 12 week span at 3 different riding centers in the Midwest United States. Data collection will begin after an approval from the university review board and obtaining a signed informed consent and assent. Data will be collected through surveys and analyzed with same-sample t-tests.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christine Heifner Graor, Dr. Judith Juvancic-Heltzel (co-sponsor)

First Reader

Karen Fitzgerald

Second Reader

Alan Kornspan



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.