Relationship between the Self-Concept and Muscular Strength in Southern Spanish Children
- Corresponding Author:
- Pedro J Tarraga Lopez
Universidad Castilla La Mancha, UCLM
Ciencias Medicas, Almansa 14, Albacete, Albacete 02002, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 10, 2015; Accepted date: November 26, 2015; Published date: December 03, 2015
Citation: López PJT, Casas AG, García PLR, Cantó EG, Soto JJP, et al. (2015) Relationship between the Self-Concept and Muscular Strength in Southern Spanish Children. J Psychol Psychother 5:222. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000222
Copyright: © 2015 López PJT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objetive: The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between self-concept and muscular strength in elementary schoolchildren.
Design: Ex post facto cross-sectional design and descriptive court.
Method: 256 schoolchildren (142 females) aged 8 to 11 participated in the handgrip strength and longitudinal jump assessment to calculate the muscular strength index. Self-concept was assessed by the Self-Concept Scale Piers-Harris.
Results: In both genres, higher muscular strength levels were significantly associated with the behavioral (p=0,002), physical (p<0,001), lack of anxiety (p=0,022) and social self-concept dimensions. A positive correlation (p=0,004) was found between muscular strength and global self-concept, showing significant differences in favor of males in all the dimensions analyzed and the global self-concept.
Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that muscular strength is a distinctive element in the schoolchildren self-concept. Further longitudinal studies are needed to analyze the complex relationship between self-concept and physical fitness, considering the results emerged from this study.