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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Self esteem in adolescence, High school athletes-Psychology, High school girls-Psychology, Women athletes-Psychology, School sports-Psychological aspects, Exercise, Self-esteem, Sports, High school, Girls, Females, Athletes


This study was undertaken to examine whether participating in sports has any relationship to one's level of self esteem. A lot of research has been done on the potential positive effects of participating in sports. Research has also examined the effects of self esteem and the impact that it can have on both internal (such as mental health) and external (such as relationships with others) factors. The study was conducted in a predominately white, middle class, New England neighborhood in a public high school setting. This study examined 52, 9th-12th The major findings were that the students who participated in sports did have a higher self esteem score than the participants who did not play sports; these findings were not statistically significant. When comparing the self esteem of the total 9 grade girls who completed the Rosenberg Self Esteem Inventory during their school lunch. Approximately half of the total participants played sports while the other participants reported that they were not involved with sports. The sample had a variety of grade levels as well as a variety of years spent playing sports. th graders to the total12th Future studies should be done longitudinally and examine a more culturally diverse population. It would also be important to have a larger sample population in order to hopefully produce statistically significant results. graders, no significant difference in self esteem was found.




iii, 39 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographicalreferences (p. 26-29)