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ERIC Number: EJ1184381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Body Dissatisfaction, Perceptions of Competence, and Lesson Content in Physical Education
Kerner, Charlotte; Haerens, Leen; Kirk, David
Journal of School Health, v88 n8 p576-582 Aug 2018
Background: Significant proportions of young people experience body dissatisfaction, which has implications for psychological and physical well-being. Lesson content and perceived competence may be important variables for the experience of body dissatisfaction, yet these have been underexplored in physical education. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to identify the relationships between body dissatisfaction and perceptions of competence, and to explore whether body dissatisfaction depends on lesson content. Methods: A paper-and-pencil questionnaire was completed by 446 (210 boys, 236 girls) 13- to 14-year-old pupils from 37 physical education classes. The questionnaire assessed body dissatisfaction and perceived competence in physical education. Lesson content was also recorded. Twenty-nine of the classes were engaged in team activities, e.g., ball games. Eight classes were engaged in individual activities, eg, fitness. Results: Multilevel analysis identified a significant negative association between body dissatisfaction and perceptions of competence in physical education. Lesson content did not significantly predict variations in body dissatisfaction scores. Conclusions: Teachers should focus on enhancing pupils' perceptions of competence in physical education to support the development of body satisfaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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