The Psychosocial Benefits Of Scuba Diving For Persons With Physical Impairments
Purpose. This study explored the psychosocial benefits of adaptive scuba diving on adults with physical impairments, while investigating whether conquering challenge within an unconventional environment affects how participants experience barriers during their daily lives. Method. A convenience sample was obtained by shadowing two dive trips organized by the adaptive dive outfitter Diveheart. Descriptive demographics as well as any psychosocial benefits were measured by collecting data through four distinct measures: 1) demographic questionnaire (quantitative); 2) NEO-FFI scale (quantitative); 3) augmented dive logs (quantitative/qualitative); and 4) semistructured interviews (qualitative). Hypotheses. It was expected that participants' confidence, emotional wellbeing, and feelings of equality among their able-bodied peers would increase after scuba diving. Additionally, participants were expected to reexamine the barriers in their lives and discover opportunities for unforeseen interventions or solutions. Results. When calibrated correctly, scuba diving provides opportunities for appropriate challenge, resulting in increased quality of life, emotional wellbeing, and adaptive behaviors.
physical impairments; scuba diving; disabilities
Feathers, David Joseph
Loeckenhoff, Corinna E
M.S., Human-Environment Relations
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis