Physical activity, its relationship with psychological wellbeing and self perception, and in keeping us all psychologically healthier

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McGuirk, Ethan
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study provided quantative correlational review of the relationship between physical activity, psychological well being and self perception. A total of (n = 65) participants took part in this study ranging between 18 and 40 years of age. Demographic details were also reviewed in relation to the three variables. Measurements for the study included the Habitual Physical Activity Questionnaire, the Psychological General Well Being Index and the Body Esteem Scale. Results indicated a positive non significant relationship between physical activity and psychological well being (r = .11), a significant correlation relationship between physical activity and self perception (r = .018). No significant relationship was found between physical activity scores and a specific gender, and no significant difference was observed between self perception scores and gender. Author keywords: Physical exercise, psychological wellbeing, sport, self perception, mental health, physical activity, physical self perception