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PhD Study

posted May 26, 2017, 5:40 PM by Paul Johnson

My name is Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao and I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) at Georgia State University in Atlanta GA.  I am in the dissertation phase of my program and my research is focused on identifying critical factors that motivate athletes with disabilities to continue their sport participation. I have created an online, confidential questionnaire that should take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. The questions are very intuitive and easy to understand and answer.

There is no compensation for completion of the online questionnaire. Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. Participating in this survey will not pose any more risks than you would encounter on any normal day. Also, participation in this study will not have any positive or negative effect.

Below is a hyperlink to the consent form and survey, which you may copy and paste into your web browser.


Please help disseminate this survey to your friends, who are also athletes with disabilities. Your help and answers are extremely valuable, and can provide practitioners in the field of adapted physical activity and sport psychology, program organizers and policy makers with insights to guide decision-making regarding where to intervene to most meaningfully influence sport participation and continued commitment for enhanced quality of life and well-being in individuals with physical disabilities.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 404-916-6356 or at ‘wyao1@student.gsu.edu’.  Or, you can contact Dr. Shapiro at 404-413-8372, or by email at ‘dshapiro@gsu.edu’.

I thank you in advance for your consideration to assist us in expanding the knowledge base on factors that influence sport commitment of athletes with disabilities.


Wei-Ru “Andy” Yao, M.S.

Physical Education Teacher Education

Department of Kinesiology and Health

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA 30303