The role of exercise and gender for physical self-perceptions and importance ratings in Swedish university students

Lindwall, Magnus and Hassmen, Peter (2004) The role of exercise and gender for physical self-perceptions and importance ratings in Swedish university students. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 14 (6). pp. 373-380. ISSN 0905-7188


The purpose of this study was to investigate how scores on
the Physical Self-Perception Profile (PSPP), including
scores on the Perceived Importance Profile (PIP), were
related to self-reported exercise frequency, duration, and
gender in sample of Swedish university students. A total
of 164 participants completed the PSPP, PIP, and a
questionnaire focusing on frequency and duration of exercise. Exercise frequency, duration, and gender predicted best the PSPP sub-domains of Sport Competence and
Physical Conditioning. Exercising more frequently, and for
a longer time on each occasion was associated with higher
PSPP and PIP scores. Women generally displayed lower
PSPP scores than men. These results suggest that exercise
professionals need to master a range of appropriate exercise strategies, since doubts concerning self-presentation may work against establishing a regular exercise routine.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Blackwell Munksgaard
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Awaiting Author's version. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2007 05:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: exercise; gender; physical; self-perception; Sweden; university students; Physical Self-Perception Profile
Fields of Research (FoR): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2003.00372.x

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