Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
versão impressa ISSN 1413-294X
DIAS, Cláudia et al. University students' sport practice and its relations with physical self-perceptions, subjective well-being and happiness. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.3, pp. 223-232. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2008000300005.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between university students' sport practice and the way they perceived themselves and their lives. Participated in this investigation 2284 male and female students, with ages between 18 and 30 years (M = 21.87 ±2.37), who filled out a questionnaire to assess their levels of sport practice, as well the Portuguese versions of the Physical Self-Perception Profile (Fox & Corbin, 1989), the Subjective Happiness Scale (Lyubomirsky & Lepper, 1999), the Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988). Overall, the analysis of the results showed that students who were more physically confident and evaluated their lives more positively did sport more regularly; however, results also showed that students who reported lower levels of physical strength and self-esteem practiced sport more regularly than their peers.
Palavras-chave : university students; sport practice; physical self-perceptions; happiness; subjective well-being.