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ERIC Number: EJ1077621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-2332-3205
Psychological Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Evidence from Emerging Adults
Cekin, Resul
Universal Journal of Educational Research, v3 n10 p710-717 2015
Emerging adulthood is a transitional stage between late adolescence and young adulthood in life-span development that requires significant changes in people's lives. Therefore, identifying protective factors for this population is crucial. This study investigated the effects of regular physical activity on self-esteem, optimism, and happiness in emerging adults. Participants included 175 girls (47%) and 198 (53%) boys (M = 20.75 years; SD = 1.69). Participants completed measures of self-esteem, optimism, and happiness. Results suggested that individuals who engage in regular physical activity are more likely to have higher self-esteem, optimism, and happiness than physically inactive emerging adults. Regular physical activity should be regarded as a viable tool for improving subjective well-being in emerging adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale