The effects of participation in regular exercise on self-esteem and hopelessness of female university students

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Korkmaz Yigiter
Cite this article:  Yigiter, K. (2014). The effects of participation in regular exercise on self-esteem and hopelessness of female university students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(8), 1233-1244.


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I investigated the effects of participation in regular exercise for 12 weeks on self-esteem and hopelessness of female students at a Turkish university. Participants were 80 women who were randomly assigned to experiment and control groups. Rosenberg Self-Esteem and Beck Hopelessness Scales were completed and participants in the experiment group improved in level of self-esteem whereas there was no significant change in the level of self-esteem of the control group. Moreover, results showed a significant reduction in the hopelessness level of the participants in the experiment group but there was no significant change in level of hopelessness with the control group. A regular exercise program was found to be an impacting variable in improving self-esteem and decreasing hopelessness level of female university students in Turkey.

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