Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Research Sponsor

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

First Reader

Karen Fitzgerald

Second Reader

Alan Kornspan


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.