Gender as a factor of variability in the attitudes towards the practice of activity

Isaac José Pérez López

Manuel Delgado Fernández

Palma Chillón Garzón

Miguel Martín Matillas

Pablo Tercedor Sánchez

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Pérez López, I. J., Delgado Fernández, M., Chillón Garzón , P., Martín Matillas , M., & Tercedor Sánchez, P. (2005). Gender as a factor of variability in the attitudes towards the practice of activity. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 82, 19-25.

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Abstract

The direction of the attitudes that adolescents show towards physical and sports-related activity represents a very important aspect when it comes to promote their performance in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, a basic function of the educational task and, concretely, in the Physical Education field.  A study was carried out among 700 adolescents from Granada, between the ages of 13 and 18 years. This study focused on the orientation of the attitudes towards physical and sports-related practice considering the gender of the subjects, following the “CAAFS questionnaire”. The results reveal that boys present attitudinal levels remarkably superior (p< 0.05) to those of girls, not only in the attitudes oriented to the process (3,69 and 3,45 respectively), but also in those oriented to the result (2,45 and 2,33 respectively). The “appearance improvement” (2,71) is the attitudinal sphere towards which adolescent girls from Granada show a greater tendency, and the “victory” sphere in the case of boys (2,65). Therefore one could finish by stating the necessity to improve the attitudes towards physical and sports-related practice in girls and to consider  the need to diversify practice depending on the orientation of the said attitudes in function of the subject’s gender.

Keywords: Adolescents, Attitudes, Health, Physical Activity.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: October 01, 2005