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Self-perception in women; Weight training for women--Psychological aspects; Women college students--Attitudes;


The past few years have seen an increased interest in the psychological benefits of exercise. The personality factor of self-concept typically remains relatively stable throughout adulthood unless a person's life experiences cause it to change. Physical self-concept, a dimension of self-concept, deals with how an individual views themselves and has been found to be affected by exercise. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of strength training on the physical self-concept of female college students. The study used a pretest, post-test, quasi-experimental design. The Physical Self-Concept Subscale of the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale was used to measure physical self-concept. Four intact groups of college age females (N = 102) enrolled in Physical Education courses volunteered to participate. Paired samples t-tests were used to test the hypothesis that females in strength training class would not possess a significantly higher physical self-concept than females enrolled in personal conditioning classes, aerobic classes, or skill classes. Results supported the null hypothesis that the physical self-concept scores of females involved in weight training would not be significantly different from pretest to post-test of individuals involved in the other classes.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Sharon Huddleston

Second Advisor

Forrest Dolgener

Third Advisor

Nancy Hamilton


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