Date of Award

1995

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa L. Harlow

Abstract

The present investigation examined the relationship between exercise and self-esteem in the context of the Exercise and Self-Esteem Model (EXSEM) (Sonstroem & Morgan, 1989). Physical acceptance and physical evaluation (competence), both at a general domain and a specific domain, were measured and included in tests of model constructs. The sample, comprised of fitness center members and university students (N = 526), completed a survey designed to assess exercise behavior and several self-perception variables. Using Structural Modeling Analysis, several models were examined and compared.

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