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Physical activity and physical self-perception among Nicaraguan female university students
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Most research on physical activity and physical self-perception is based on data from Western societies. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of physical activity and its relation to physical self-perception among female university students in Nicaragua. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and the Physical Self-Perception Profile (PSPP) were completed by 44 females; 70 % reported high or moderate levels of physical activity while 30 % reported low level of physical activity. The highest mean value score on the PSPP was found on the subscale physical conditioning while the lowest score was found on the subscale bodily attractiveness. There was no statistically significant correlation between level of physical activity and physical self-perception. This could be a result of cultural differences in how people perceive themselves physically in collectivistic and individualistic societies as well as gender aspects.

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2012. , 20 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59365Archive number: PPid-9OAI: diva2:551755
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Examensarbete i psykologi
Educational program
Masters Programme in Sports Psychology
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-09-12Bibliographically approved

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