Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Thirty-nine female college students participated in a class designed to increase their muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. Changes were monitored on thirteen physical variables and eleven self concept variables. Nineteen females acted as a "control group," to test whether just the decision to change one's physical fitness affects self concept. They were measured on four self concept variables eight weeks prior to as well as at the beginning and end of their eight-week conditioning course.
During the sixteen week semester the experimental females, as a group, improved significantly on ten of the thirteen physical variables and nine of the eleven self concept variables. It was concluded that improving the physical fitness of college females leads to concurrent improvement of their self concept scores.
Weise, Kirby Franz, "The Effects of a Physical Conditioning Program on Selected Measures of Self Concept" (1976). Theses and Dissertations. 2785.