Physical Self-Perception and Physical Activity Patterns in Adulthood

Guillermo Infante Borinaga

Inge Axpe Sáez

Lorena Revuelta Revuelta

Iker Ros Martínez de la Hidalga

*Corresponding author: Guillermo Infante Borinaga

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Infante Borinaga, G., Axpe Sáez, I., Revuelta Revuelta, L., & Martínez de la Hidalga, IR (2012). Physical Self-Perception and Physical Activity Patterns in Adulthood. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 110, 19-25.



The purpose of this study is to specify the differences between various types of physical and sports activities and physical self-concept in three stages of adulthood. The study involved 912 people (350 men, 560 women) aged between 23 and 64 (M = 45.41, DT=13.41) divided into three age groups (23-34, 35-49 and 50-64). A Physical Self-Concept Questionnaire (PSQ) was used to measure physical self-concept. The results show that: a) doing physical and sport activities in adults is associated with higher physical self-perceptions and physical self-concept, and b) inactive older adults and those who play sports present a lower overall self-concept.

Keywords: Adulthood, Age, Physical Self-Concept, Types of Physical and Sports Activities.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: November 4, 2011

Accepted: June 4, 2012

Published: October 01, 2012