Physical Activity and Self-Perceptions Among Children and Adolescents

Authored by: Lindsay E. Kipp , Maureen R. Weiss

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782999
eBook ISBN: 9780203132678
Adobe ISBN: 9781136477805


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Physical activity has the potential to enhance children's and adolescents' mental health and overall well-being (Smith & Biddle, 2008; Weiss, 2004). One important aspect of well-being is positive self-perceptions, or favorable beliefs about oneself and one's abilities (Horn, 2004). Positive self-perceptions are associated with adaptive cognitive, affective, and behavioral outcomes, such as enjoyment, self-determined motivation, and physical activity (Crocker, Kowalski, & Hadd, 2008). It is important to understand the underlying mechanisms for improving self-perceptions and physical activity levels because this knowledge can help researchers and practitioners envision interventions to simultaneously promote both outcomes among youth.

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