Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(3), pp. 664 - 667
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070304
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Social Appearance Anxiety and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scores in Young Physical Disabled Athletes


Havva Demirel *
Faculty of Sport Sciences, Sel├žuk University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The social appearance anxiety is defined as tension and anxiety experienced by people when they are assessed by others in terms of their physical appearance and self-esteem is defined as feelings of one's personal self-worth, reflecting person's evaluation of his or her own worth. Aim: This study was conducted to investigate the differences in social appearance anxiety and self-esteem scores in physical disabled athletes and non-disabled athletes. Materials and Methods: One hundred and forty-eight physical disabled athletes and 60 non-disabled athletes participated in the study. The Turkish versions of the Social Appearance Anxiety Scale and Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale was used to assess the points associated with social appearance anxiety and self-esteem. Results: Disabled athletes had higher self-esteem and social appearance anxiety scores compared to non-disabled athletes. Also, disabled athletes having medal had decreased self-esteem and social appearance anxiety scores compared to disabled athletes not having medal. These results suggest that physical activity can improve mental health in especially successful athletes. Also, the self-esteem scores had positive correlation with the social appearance anxiety score in total sample, as well as in disabled athletes and non-disabled athletes. Conclusion: The higher self-esteem and social appearance anxiety scores in disabled athletes may be related to the higher depression, anxiety and psychological stress in athletes compared to non-athletes. These results suggest that physical activity can improve mental health in only top successful athletes.

KEYWORDS
Self-esteem, Social Appearance Anxiety, Disability, Athlete

Cite this paper
Havva Demirel . "Social Appearance Anxiety and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scores in Young Physical Disabled Athletes." Universal Journal of Educational Research 7.3 (2019) 664 - 667. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070304.