Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Andrew Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Jenkins

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Doherty


Engaging in physical activity is generally thought to be beneficial to individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). There is, however, limited information regarding current rates of physical activity among individuals with PD. The present study had two goals: (1) to evaluate the suitability of the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (PASIPD) for the measurement of physical activity within this population; and (2) to evaluate the amount of physical activity engaged in by individuals with PD. The PASIPD was demonstrated to be a reliable and valid assessment of physical activity within this population. Evaluation of PASIPD scores suggests that individuals living with PD exceeded recommended minimum levels of physical activity for seniors with limited mobility. Interestingly, individuals with PD expressed dissatisfaction with current levels of participation, and were motivated to increase physical activity levels. This infonnation is likely to be valuable to researchers, program planners, and health care providers. [150 words]



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