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American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2013, 1(1), 1-6
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-1-1-1
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Physical Self-Concept and Its Relationship to Exercise Dependence Symptoms in Young Regular Physical Exercisers

Oliva Patrizia, , Costa Sebastiano and Larcan Rosalba

Pub. Date: March 23, 2013

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Oliva Patrizia, Costa Sebastiano and Larcan Rosalba. Physical Self-Concept and Its Relationship to Exercise Dependence Symptoms in Young Regular Physical Exercisers. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2013; 1(1):1-6. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-1-1-1


The study aimed to investigate whether certain physical self-concept predicted exercise dependence among young regular exercisers using a multidimensional prospective. One hundred fifty-two regular gym users, 78 were male and 74 female, completed: Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ), Exercise Dependence Scale-21 (EDS-21), and Eating Disorder Inventory–2 (EDI-2). Correlation and regression analyses were calculated to determine the relationship between physical self-concept and exercise dependence behaviors. Significant correlations were found, confirming that exercise dependence symptoms and physical self-concept domains were related each other. In addition, results showed that multidimensional model of self-concept is a strong predictor for exercise dependence both for male and female.

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