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Determining the relationship between the body image of adolescent girls and their academic achievement, social involvement and sport participation : a pilot study

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dc.contributor.author Mostert PL en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:40Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:40Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1995 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25760
dc.description.abstract Ever since the earliest times much emphasis has been placed on the physical appearance of women. Particularly in western cultures idealised images of perfection are constantly promoted and the message that comes across in various media outlets is that a woman ought to have a "perfect" appearance in order to be competent and desirable. This puts a great deal of stress on women and particularly on adolescent girls who are going through a phase of increased sensitivity about their appearance. The literature suggests that people, and women in particular, are fundamentally affected by the way they view their bodies. The body image furthermore has a strong relationship with the self concept, which affects other areas of a person's life such as her academic achievement and her social life. The subjects are 180 girls drawn from two rural secondary schools. The survey involves the completion of two questionnaires. Biographic data as well as academic scores are gathered from school records. The results reveal that the body image and academic achievement of this group of girls are not significantly correlated. There are, however, significant correlations between the body image and social involvement of these girls, between their body image and sport participation, as well as between their social involvement and sport participation. These findings have important implications for education and consideration is given to addressing these issues in schools. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Psychopedagogics (from primary to secondary level) (from primary to secondary level) en
dc.title Determining the relationship between the body image of adolescent girls and their academic achievement, social involvement and sport participation : a pilot study en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M ED en


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