Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(10), pp. 710 - 717
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031008
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Psychological Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Evidence from Emerging Adults


Resul Cekin *
Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Education, Amasya University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

Emerging adulthood is a transitional stage between late adolescence and young adulthood in life-span development that requires significant changes in people's lives. Therefore, identifying protective factors for this population is crucial. This study investigated the effects of regular physical activity on self-esteem, optimism, and happiness in emerging adults. Participants included 175 girls (47%) and 198 (53%) boys (M = 20.75 years; SD=1.69).Participants completed measures of self-esteem, optimism, and happiness. Results suggested that individuals who engage in regular physical activity are more likely to have higher self-esteem, optimism, and happiness than physically inactive emerging adults. Regular physical activity should be regarded as a viable tool for improving subjective well-being in emerging adults.

KEYWORDS
Self-esteem, Optimism, Happiness, Emerging Adults, Turkey

Cite this paper
Resul Cekin . "Psychological Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Evidence from Emerging Adults." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.10 (2015) 710 - 717. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031008.