Faculty Publications

Title

Influence of involvement in the girls on track program on early adolescent girls' self-perceptions

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Extracurricular programs, Harter's Model, Perceived competence, Physical activity

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Volume

78

Issue

5

First Page

520

Last Page

530

Abstract

The Model of Competence Motivation (Harter, 1978) highlights how self-perceptions are influenced by individual and socialization factors. Using this model, the present study investigated, quantitatively with a pretest and posttest design (N = 34) and qualitatively via individual interviews (N = 8), how involvement in the Girls on Track program (GOT) influenced the perceived competence and self-worth of sixth-grade girls. GOT is a program that uses training for a 5-km race as a means to teach life skills. The self-perceptions of the participants showed increasing trends from pre- to posttest. Interviewed girls discussed their acquisition of interpersonal skills and of positive feelings about themselves. The discussion emphasizes how program involvement can influence the development of self-perceptions in early adolescent girls. © 2007 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1080/02701367.2007.10599451

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