The association between extra-curricular sport participation and social anxiety symptoms in children

Schumacher Dimech, Annemarie; Seiler, Roland (2010). The association between extra-curricular sport participation and social anxiety symptoms in children. Journal of clinical sport psychology, 4(3), pp. 191-203. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics

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Social anxiety is a common psychological complaint that can have a significant
and long-term negative impact on a child’s social and cognitive development. In
the current study, the relationship between sport participation and social anxiety symptoms was investigated. Swiss primary school children (N = 201), parents, and teachers provided information about the children’s social anxiety symptoms, classroom behavior, and sport involvement. Gender differences were observed on social anxiety scores, where girls tended to report higher social anxiety symptoms, as well as on sport activity, where boys engaged in more sport involvement. MANCOVAs with gender as covariant showed no differences in social anxiety symptoms between children involved in an extracurricular sport and those not engaged in sport participation. Nevertheless, children engaged in team sports displayed fewer physical social anxiety symptoms than children involved in individual sports.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)

UniBE Contributor:

Schumacher-Dimech, Anne Marie and Seiler, Roland




Human Kinetics




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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

11 Jan 2015 03:00



URI: (FactScience: 202801)

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