A Multidimensional Physical Self-Concept and Its Relations to Multiple Components of Physical Fitness

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 University of Western Sydney
  • 2 University of Sydney Macarthur
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This study examines relations between six components of physical self-concept (Endurance, Balance, Flexibility, Strength, Appearance, and general Physical Ability) and five components of physical fitness (Endurance, Balance, Flexibility, Static Strength, Explosive Strength/Power) for a sample (N = 105) of young adolescent girls aged 13 and 14. Hierarchical confirmatory factor analyses identified the six physical self-concept scales and provided support for a multidimensional, hierarchical model of physical self-concept. The pattern of correlations between specific components of physical self-concept and physical fitness generally supported the construct validity of the self-concept responses, and the correlation between second-order factors representing general physical self-concept and general physical fitness (r = .76) was substantial.

Herbert W. Marsh is with the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, P.O. Box 555, Campbelltown, NSW 2560, Australia. Robyn Sutherland Redmayne is with the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

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