A study of student participation in school activities

Author: Johanne Svantorp, forskningsassistent

Supervisor: Mats Granlund


This Master thesis is based on data form LoRDIA (Longitudinal Research on Development In Adolescence), a research program at Jönköping University. Previous research has shown that participation in everyday life activities is important both for health and learning. Children with impairments and/or long term health conditions often require more support than other children to participate in school activities. In this thesis participation of children with impairments and/or long term health conditions is in focus. The following questions are asked: What person and environmental factors are related to a high degree of participation? Do influencing factors vary as a function of whether the children have an impairment/long term health condition or not? A quantitative comparative design was used based on data from the first data collection wave. Descriptive statics, Chi2 and Analysis of variance were used to analyze data. The results reveal that children with neuropsychiatric conditions have a lower degree of participation than other children. This difference was related to a number of person and environmental factors although the correlational patterns were the same for both groups.

This research is financed by:

Swedish Research Council, FORTE, VINNOVA, Formas, Säfstaholm Foundation, Sunnerdahl Disability Foundation, Futurum Academy for Health and Care Jönköping County Council.

Contact: Mats Granlund, Professor of Disability Studies, HHJ.

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