Engaging with wheelchair basketball: analyzing viewer attitudes and actions toward ‘the rebound: a wheelchair basketball documentary’

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© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Film can be used as an educational tool in a number of ways, including being utilized to educate about disability and disability sport. The purpose of this study was to explore attitudes and actions toward disability sport after viewing a documentary film on wheelchair basketball. A convergent mixed method design was utilized for this study, and data were collected through online questionnaires (quantitative) and focus groups (qualitative). Findings revealed that participants’ expectations of disability were transformed by personal stories from within the documentary film. Participants experienced advocacy characteristics such as a desire to educate others, but they were not willing to engage in action. This study shows how film can transform attitudes, but greater facilitation is necessary for full advocacy.

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Sport in Society



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