Effects of sports instruction on children's self-concept

Percept Mot Skills. 1989 Feb;68(1):239-42. doi: 10.2466/pms.1989.68.1.239.


A sample of 120 children (69 boys and 51 girls), ranging in age from 9 to 14 yr., was administered the Harter Self-perception Profile for Children before and after a 5-wk. program of swimming instruction. It is predicted that children who improve most in swimming will also have the largest gains in athletic self-concept. The data supported the prediction for an association between gains in swimming skill and self-concept for certain skill groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Development*
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Self Concept*
  • Sports*
  • Swimming