Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Impact of Physical Activity on Physical Self-Concept: American and Turkish

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Impact of Physical Activity on Physical Self-Concept: American and Turkish

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In this study, we examined the health benefits of physical activity on physical self-concept and stress between American and Turkish college students. A total of 548 (238 American and 310 Turkish) selected from two comprehensive universities, one each from Southern California and Ankara, Turkey, participated in this study. Participants completed the following questionnaires in English and Turkish: demographic questions, the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ; Godin & Shephard, 1985), the Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ; Marsh, Richards, Johnson, Roche, & Tremayne, 1994), and a 20-item version of the General Well Being (Heubeck & Neil, 2000). The results indicated that a meaningful comparison of PSDQ scores can be made between American and Turkish college students. Significant group differences at .001 were found between groups on age, body mass index (BMI), height, weight, health, coordination, action, body-fat, sport, global physical sell, strength, global esteem, psychological distress, and GLTEQ. American college students showed higher scores on most variables, except height, perceived body-fat, and global physical self. …

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