Physical self-concept, perceptions of health and life satisfaction in a sample of adolescents

  • Antonio Videra-García Universidad de Málaga
  • Rafael Enrique Reigal-Garrido Universidad de Málaga
Keywords: adolescence, physical self-concept, perceptions of health, life satisfaction.

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between physical self-concept, perceptions of health and life satisfaction in a sample of adolescents. Participants are 1648 adolescents from the city of Malaga (Spain) aged between 14 and 16 years. The measures used to assess the constructs are the Physical Self-Concept Questionnaire (CAF; Goñi, Ruiz de Azúa & Rodríguez, 2006), the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ; Goldberg, 1972, 1978) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener,  Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985). The correlation and linear regression analyses show relationships between the study variables, highlighting that the variables that have the strongest association with life satisfaction are the physical attractiveness dimension and perceptions of health, both in the total sample and by gender. In addition, a complementary measure of general self-concept, which includes the CAF, also has a marked relationship with life satisfaction, but this association is stronger for girls than boys.

Author Biographies

Antonio Videra-García, Universidad de Málaga
Profesor del departamento de Psicología Social, Antropología Social y Servicios Sociales. Facultad de Psicología. Campus de Teatinos. Universidad de Málaga (España).
Rafael Enrique Reigal-Garrido, Universidad de Málaga

Miembro del Grupo de Investigación CTS-642 de la Universidad de Granada (UGR)

Profesor del departamento de Educación Física de la FDE Santa María de la Victoria. Málaga (España).

How to Cite
Videra-García, A., & Reigal-Garrido, R. (1). Physical self-concept, perceptions of health and life satisfaction in a sample of adolescents. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 29(1), 141-147. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.29.1.132401
Section
Developmental and Educational Psychology