Event Title

The Effects of Exercise on Self-Esteem, General Happiness, and Body Image

Poster Number

14

Faculty Mentor

Joni Marr, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

24-4-2015 3:20 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 4:50 PM

Description

Research focused on exercise has shown many positive physical and psychological health benefits. Past research has determined that exercise can improve mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote overall well-being. This research study sought to evaluate the effect exercise has on self-esteem, general happiness, and body image. Participants in the study consisted of 464 college students with an average age of 21.2 years who completed a 20-item online survey. The questionnaire assessed average amount of exercise per week, self-esteem level, degree of happiness, and perception of body image. Researchers hypothesized that individuals who reported higher levels of exercise would have higher self-esteems, greater overall happiness, and better body image perception. Correlation analysis showed no significant relationships between exercise, self-esteem, general happiness, and body image. Analysis determined a significant relationship between male gender and exercise amount. The data showed males were more physically active than females. In addition, there was a significant relationship between level of happiness and self-esteem. Those who reported higher levels of self-esteem reported higher overall levels of happiness. There was also no significant relationship between gender, self-esteem, or body image.

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Presented at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS), April 2015

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Apr 24th, 3:20 PM Apr 24th, 4:50 PM

The Effects of Exercise on Self-Esteem, General Happiness, and Body Image

Richardson Ballroom

Research focused on exercise has shown many positive physical and psychological health benefits. Past research has determined that exercise can improve mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote overall well-being. This research study sought to evaluate the effect exercise has on self-esteem, general happiness, and body image. Participants in the study consisted of 464 college students with an average age of 21.2 years who completed a 20-item online survey. The questionnaire assessed average amount of exercise per week, self-esteem level, degree of happiness, and perception of body image. Researchers hypothesized that individuals who reported higher levels of exercise would have higher self-esteems, greater overall happiness, and better body image perception. Correlation analysis showed no significant relationships between exercise, self-esteem, general happiness, and body image. Analysis determined a significant relationship between male gender and exercise amount. The data showed males were more physically active than females. In addition, there was a significant relationship between level of happiness and self-esteem. Those who reported higher levels of self-esteem reported higher overall levels of happiness. There was also no significant relationship between gender, self-esteem, or body image.