An examination of high school students' attitudes toward physical education with regard to sex and sport participation

Percept Mot Skills. 2004 Jun;98(3 Pt 1):754-8. doi: 10.2466/pms.98.3.754-758.


This study assessed attitudes of high school students toward physical education with regard to sex and sport participation. A total of 440 sport participants (175 girls and 265 boys) and of 427 nonsport participants (227 girls and 200 boys), all of whom were 15 yr. old, voluntarily participated. The Attitudes Toward Physical Education Scale was administered to assess participants' attitudes toward physical education. The results of 2 x 2 (Sex x Sports Participation) analysis of variance indicated a significant difference in attitudes toward physical education between sport participants and nonsport participants, with the former scoring higher, and a difference between boys and girls, with boys scoring higher. However, there was no significant interaction between sex and sports participation on attitudes toward physical education. In general, sport participants had more favorable Attitudes Toward Physical Education scores than nonsport participants, and high school boys scored significantly higher than girls. There was a significant difference in Attitudes Toward Physical Education scores between female and male high school students, with boys having more favorable attitude scores.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Schools
  • Sex Factors
  • Sports*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires