Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Negative Body Self Image in Preadolescent Girls and Females' Sport Abandonment during Adolescence: Is There a Relationship?

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Negative Body Self Image in Preadolescent Girls and Females' Sport Abandonment during Adolescence: Is There a Relationship?

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Alberto Pellai, Luca Bassoli, Luca Brizzi, Rossella Curci, Ida Pazardjiklian, and Antonio Pagano, Universita degli Studi di Milano

International researches show that preteen girls are facing many problems dealing with their personal body self image, due to developmental biological changes and cultural influences. Besides, many studies show that during adolescence, teen girls are less physically active and less involved in sport activities when compared with similar behavior rates in the population of male adolescents. To assess what is the situation like for Italian preteen and teen girls, during the school year 1998-99 we conducted two researches aimed at: (a) assessing body self-image as it is perceived in a sample of 1,000 preteen girls living in Northern Italy; (b) evaluating physical activity and sport-related habits in a population of 2,500 teen girls living in Northern Italy (c) comparing data collected for girls with those of a similar sample of Italian preteen and teen boys. Body self-image has been measured through the body self-esteem subscale included in Bracken's Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale. Physical activity and spo rt-related habits have been assessed through an adapted Italian version of the corresponding section of CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Results have shown that preteen girls' body self-image constantly deteriorates when attending grades 6, 7, and S. …

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