A large body of research indicates that people with disabilities experience varied psychological benefits from participating in sport and exercise. However, sport and exercise also offer relational benefits and family benefits. The purpose of this chapter is to examine research showing how families that include someone with a disability benefit from sport and exercise and how parents in particular benefit. The enjoyment embedded in the experience of physical activity (PA) and family interactions often leads to increased positive evaluations of both family and PA. Family cohesion is often strengthened through the mutual satisfaction of engaging in leisure, sport, and exercise. Parents attending sporting competitions meet other parents and derive shared social reality, informational, and emotional social support benefits from such interactions. Parents can also be socialized into unfamiliar sports through their children and become knowledgeable and involved in sport themselves as fans, referees, and coaches. Parents can also be barriers to their children’s sport and exercise involvement as a result of being fearful for their children’s emotional and physical well-being.
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