ANALYSIS OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTION OF SPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
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People with disabilities constitute a significant proportion of the population of Poland. Despite its number, this is a group of people that repeatedly feel the effects of existing stereotypes and, in consequence, are exposed to social marginalization. For this reason, attempts are continually made to counteract their exclusion and to include them in the mainstream of social life. Physical activity promotion among people with disabilities is one of such attempts. The aim of the study is to identify the role of sport in the lives of people with physical disabilities as well as to determine how playing sports affects the change in the perception of people with disabilities by nondisabled people.The role of sport was determined within a few selected psychosocial functions that were distinguished as analytical categories based on the study.The study used qualitative data which were collected using unstructured interview techniques and undisguised observation conducted among people with disabilities playing sports. The analytical framework of the study was the theory of symbolic interactionism located in the interpretative paradigm.
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