ERIC Number: ED395257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Adolescent Girls Face the Future.
Jaffee, Lynn; Bergeron, Suzie
Melpomene Journal, v13 n2 p16-23 Sum 1994
This article is the final report on a study of adolescent girls which explored the relationship between physical activity and self-esteem. Two earlier phases of the study collected data on girls aged 9 to 12 years (n=76) and aged 12 to 17 years (n=67). A questionnaire explored: (1) confidence and perceived competence; (2) sports and activity level; and (3) career choices and perceived viability of a chosen career. The girls also discussed their views on sports, gym or recess, confidence and risk-taking, and their concerns for the future. Results indicated: (1) younger girls had a clearer vision of future occupations; (2) the majority of girls felt their career aspirations were possible; (3) younger girls were more specific about future occupations, while older girls spoke more generally about career areas; (4) few girls aspired to careers in sports or athletics; (5) the majority of girls were optimistic about their future and had something to look forward to, such as increased freedom and responsibility; (6) concerns about the future included financial stability, school, their parents' health, and leaving home; (7) most girls pictured themselves getting married in the future, with definite views regarding having children; and (8) older girls worried about school, the future, and failure, while many of the younger girls worried mostly about safety. (RB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Aspiration, Athletics, Early Adolescents, Elementary Secondary Education, Exercise, Females, Occupational Aspiration, Physical Activities, Preadolescents, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Womens Athletics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For earlier phases of this study, see CG 027 076 and CG 027 078.