The role of exercise and gender for physical self-perceptions and importance ratings in Swedish university students

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Lindwall, Magnus and Hassmen, Peter. 2004. "The role of exercise and gender for physical self-perceptions and importance ratings in Swedish university students." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 14 (6), pp. 373-380. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2003.00372.x
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The role of exercise and gender for physical self-perceptions and importance ratings in Swedish university students

ERA Journal ID9803
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLindwall, Magnus (Author) and Hassmen, Peter (Author)
Journal TitleScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Journal Citation14 (6), pp. 373-380
Number of Pages8
Year2004
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationDenmark
ISSN0905-7188
1600-0838
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2003.00372.x
Web Address (URL)http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/sms/14/6
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate how scores on
the Physical Self-Perception Profile (PSPP), including
scores on the Perceived Importance Profile (PIP), were
related to self-reported exercise frequency, duration, and
gender in sample of Swedish university students. A total
of 164 participants completed the PSPP, PIP, and a
questionnaire focusing on frequency and duration of exercise. Exercise frequency, duration, and gender predicted best the PSPP sub-domains of Sport Competence and
Physical Conditioning. Exercising more frequently, and for
a longer time on each occasion was associated with higher
PSPP and PIP scores. Women generally displayed lower
PSPP scores than men. These results suggest that exercise
professionals need to master a range of appropriate exercise strategies, since doubts concerning self-presentation may work against establishing a regular exercise routine.

Keywordsexercise; gender; physical; self-perception; Sweden; university students; Physical Self-Perception Profile
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520107. Sport and exercise psychology
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Byline AffiliationsStockholm University, Sweden
Department of Psychology
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