Physical Activity, Fitness, and Physical Self-Concept in Adolescent Females

Published on May 1, 2006in Pediatric Exercise Science1.707
· DOI :10.1123/pes.18.2.240
Genevieve F. Dunton32
Estimated H-index: 32
Margaret Schneider22
Estimated H-index: 22
+ 1 AuthorsDan M. Cooper47
Estimated H-index: 47
Cross-sectional research examined whether physical activity or physical fitness was more closely linked to physical self-concept in adolescent females ages 14 to 17 (N = 103, 63% Caucasian). Moderate physical activity and vigorous physical activity were measured through a 3-day physical activity recall. Physical fitness was assessed using highly accurate measures of peak oxygen consumption (via cycle ergometer) and percent body fat (via dual X-ray absorptiometer). The Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ) assessed self-concept in 11 domains (e.g., health, endurance, appearance). Pearson’s correlations showed that vigorous physical activity was positively associated with scores on most of the PSDQ scales (p < .005). Peak oxygen consumption was positively related to all of the selfconcept domains (p < .001), and percent body fat was negatively related on most of the PSDQ scales (p < .005). Multiple-regression analyses found that physical fitness (i.e., peak oxygen consumption and percent body fat) ...
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