Maturational differences in physical self-perceptions and the relationship with physical activity in early adolescent girls

Ailsa G. Niven, Samantha G. Fawkner, Ann Marie Knowles, Claire Stephenson

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    This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between physical self-perceptions (PSPs), maturation, and physical activity and compared the strength of the relationships of biological and chronological age with PSPs in early adolescent girls (N = 208; mean age = 11.83 ± 0.39 years). Participants completed the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children, the Children's Physical Self-Perception Profile, and the Pubertal Development Scale. Results indicated that PSPs were significantly and moderately correlated with physical activity. There were no differences in physical activity between maturation stages. Girls who were in the early stages of maturation had significantly more positive perceptions of body attractiveness and physical self-worth than girls in the mid stages of maturation. There was no evidence of a relationship between PSPs and chronological age. This study provided further support for the relationship between PSPs and physical activity and the relationship between maturation and aspects of PSPs. In this age group, maturation does not appear to be related to physical activity or the PSPs most strongly influential on physical activity behavior. © 2007 Human Kinetics, Inc.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)472-480
    Number of pages9
    JournalPediatric Exercise Science
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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    Niven, Ailsa G. ; Fawkner, Samantha G. ; Knowles, Ann Marie ; Stephenson, Claire. / Maturational differences in physical self-perceptions and the relationship with physical activity in early adolescent girls. In: Pediatric Exercise Science. 2007 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 472-480.
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