Motor ability and self-esteem: The mediating role of physical self-concept and perceived social acceptance

Schmidt, Mirko; Blum, Markus; Valkanover, Stefan; Conzelmann, Achim (2015). Motor ability and self-esteem: The mediating role of physical self-concept and perceived social acceptance. Psychology of sport and exercise, 17, pp. 15-23. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.11.006

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Objectives: One important issue in sport and exercise psychology is to determine to what extent sports and exercise can help to increase self-esteem, and what the underlying mechanism might be. Based on the exercise and self-esteem model (EXSEM) and on findings from the sociometer theory, the mediating effect of physical self-concept and perceived social acceptance on the longitudinal relationship between motor ability and self-esteem was investigated. Design: Longitudinal study with three waves of data collection at intervals of ten weeks each. Method: 428 adolescents (46.3 % girls, mean age = 11.9, SD = .55) participated in the study, in which they performed three motor ability tests and completed paper-and-pencil questionnaires for physical self-concept and perceived social acceptance, as well as for self-esteem, at all three measuring points. Results: Using structural equation modelling procedures, the multiple mediation model revealed both physical self-concept and perceived social acceptance to be mediators between motor ability and self-esteem in the case of boys. In girls, on the other hand, the mediation between motor ability and self-esteem only takes place via physical self-concept. Conclusions: Gender differences in the relationship between motor ability and self-esteem suggest gender-specific interventions aimed at promoting self-concept.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidt, Mirko; Blum, Markus; Valkanover, Stefan and Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1469-0292

Publisher:

Elsevier Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mirko Schmidt

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2015 15:33

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2017 12:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.11.006

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64171

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64171

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