To test if exercise effects stress, self-efficacy and self-concept in university students

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Crosby, Fiona Mary
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study was to determine if there was a correlation between exercise, stress, self-efficacy, and self-concept. 102 university students were used in this study, and a questionnaire based on these variables was completed by each individual. Results obtained through a Spearman’s nonparametric correlational test showed that there was a significant negative correlation between exercise and stress (rs = -.391, N = 102, p = -.391 < .001, two-tailed), and a significant positive correlation between exercise and self-efficacy (rs = .323, N = 102, p = .323 >.001, two-tailed), and exercise and self-concept (rs = .385, N =102, p = .385 > .001, two-tailed). In conclusion, results obtained suggest when a high level of exercise is performed, stress levels will be lower, and self-efficacy and self-concept levels will be higher than those who do not exercise.