Open Access Thesis
Self-perception in adolescence; Physical fitness -- Psychological aspects;
Researchers have suggested that improvements in aerobic fitness lead to improved self-concept (Collingwood, 1972; Folkins & Sime,.1981; Hanson & Nedde, 1974; Hatfield, Vaccaro, & Benedict, 1985; Hilyer & Mitchell, 1979; McGowan, Jarman, & Pedersen, 1974; Percy, Dziuban, & Martin, 1981; Schumaker, Small, & Wood, 1986). It has yet to be determined, however, how aerobic fitness is linked to positive self-concept. Other researchers have found that perceptions of physical fitness are correlated with self-concept (Leonardson, 1977; Riley, 1983; Young, 1985). Perceptions of aerobic fitness and how it relates to self-concept, however, have yet to be specifically studied. Using measures of self-concept, perceived aerobic fitness, and actual aerobic fitness, 78 tenth- and eleventh-grade male and female students were tested to determine the relationships among the three variables. The Perceived Aerobic Fitness Scale (PAFS) was developed for this study as a means of specifically measuring perceptions of aerobic fitness. Item analysis indicated internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha= .87). It was found that the correlation between perceived aerobic fitness and actual aerobic fitness was significantly different from zero (r = .276). Self concept was not significantly correlated with either perceived or actual aerobic fitness. These results could indicate that there is not a significant relationship between self-concept and aerobic fitness. Further, there also does not seem to be a strong relationship between sel·f-concept and perceived aerobic fitness. Therefore, it could be thought that self-concept and aerobic fitness are independent of each other.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
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©1992 Matthew B. Green
Green, Matthew Bruce, "The relationship between actual and perceived aerobic fitness and self-concept" (1992). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1424.