Physical self-esteem of adolescents with regard to physical activity and pubertal status

Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2008 May;20(2):142-56. doi: 10.1123/pes.20.2.142.


The purpose of this study was to examine the physical activity and pubertal status differences in the multiple dimensions of physical self-esteem of Turkish adolescents. The current study also aimed to investigate the gender differences in the physical self-esteem. The pubertal status of participants was determined by a self-report questionnaire. The Children and Youth Physical Self-Perception Profile and a weekly activity checklist were administered to 803 adolescents (Mage = 13.10 +/- 0.93). Analysis revealed significant main effects of physical activity on the multiple dimensions of physical self-esteem for both boys and girls. Follow-up analysis indicated that physically active boys and girls scored higher on almost all subscales of physical self-esteem than less active counterparts. The main effect of pubertal status and physical activity x pubertal status interaction were not significant either for boys or girls. Analysis also revealed significant gender differences in perceived body attractiveness, physical strength, physical condition, and physical self-worth subscales in favor of boys (p < .05).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychometrics
  • Puberty / psychology*
  • Self Concept*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Perception
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey