Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Children's Version of the Social Physique Anxiety Scale. (Measurement)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Children's Version of the Social Physique Anxiety Scale. (Measurement)

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In order to assess the perceived anxiety children experience relative to how others view their physiques, Hart, Leary and Rejeski's (1989) Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPAS) was adapted to aversion for children ages 8--14-years-old (i.e., later elementary or middle school ages). The first phase of the SPAS revision entailed having three children of the lowest age (8 years old) respond to the 9-item SPAS and indicate if there were any words or phrases that they did not understand. Based upon these children's input, a team of three university faculty experienced in psychological testing reworded the SPAS to a children's version (the SPAS-C). Children (N= 8) representing a greater age (8--12 years old) were then asked to complete the SPAS-C, again sharing with the test administrators any item that they did not understand. Only a few relatively minor revisions resulted. Within the physical education classes at the same middle school, 11--14-year-old girls and boys (N = 129) completed the SPAS-C. Consent was obt ained from the children, their parents/guardians, the school's principal and the children's physical education teacher. To assess the concurrent validity of the SPAS-C, the children's body composition was assessed using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as percent body fat using circumferences, bioelectrical impedance (Biodynamics Corporation) and skinfold (Slaughter et a]. …

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