Comparing Subjective Life Satisfaction of People with Disabilities Who Engage in the Occupation of Skiing with Those Who Do Not: A Survey Research

Nika Šuc, Saša Cecić Erpič, Blaž Lešnik


Subjective life satisfaction has not been widely researched in people with disabilities and variables that can support it are not well understood. The aim of this study was to explore whether the recreational practice of para-alpine skiing can improve subjective life satisfaction of people with physical disabilities. All recreational para-skiers who resided in Slovenia at the time of the study (N=15) were included, and compared with a group of non-skiers (N=15). Data were gathered using a questionnaire which included different scales that measured the frequency and intensity of positive and negative emotions, and satisfaction in various areas of life. Para-skiers had more positive emotions and lower intensity of negative emotions than non-skiers. They also experienced more general satisfaction and had higher satisfaction with certain areas of life. Para-alpine skiing is an occupation that can present a good fit for certain people with disabilities and holds a potential to increase life satisfaction in a sustainable way.


acute injury; subjective satisfaction with life; para skiing

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