Personal Accomplishment, Resilience, and Perceived Mattering as Inhibitors of Physical Educators’ Perceptions of Marginalization and Isolation

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Purpose: This study sought to develop a quantitative understanding of factors that reduce perceived isolation and marginalization among physical educators. A conceptual model for the relationships among study variables was developed. Method: Data were collected through an online survey completed by 419 inservice physical educators (210 females, 209 males, 93.60% Caucasian). Variables included perceived mattering, resilience, personal accomplishment, as well as isolation and marginalization. Primary data analyses included structural equation modeling to test the hypothesized relationships in the conceptual model. Results: The structural equation model fit was good, χ2(315) = 669.38, p < .001, RMSEA = .05 (90% CI = [.05, .06], p = .285), SRMR = .05, NNFI = .93, CFI = .94. After removing non-significant regression pathways, the structural model generally confirmed the study hypotheses. Discussion/Conclusion: Enhancing personal accomplishment and resilience helps to foster perceptions of mattering, which reduces physical educators’ perceived isolation and marginalization.

Richards is with the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Gaudreault is with the School of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Woods is with the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

Address author correspondence to K. Andrew R. Richards at karichards2@ua.edu.
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