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Rintala, Janet Arleen

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Physical Education


Physical fitness--Psychological aspects; Hispanic Americans--Psychology; Exercise--Psychological aspects


The present study was undertaken to determine the differences in attitude scores toward physical activity between Anglos and Hispanics. Variables of consideration included gender differences, parental influence and cultural differences. A 3 page questionnaire was distributed to 7th and 8th grade students in an urban middle school. Results indicated significant differences with regards to gender in the Hispanic subjects but not the Caucasian subjects; .0477 significance level. Parental influence showed the strongest significance on present activity level of the child with significance levels of .05, .01, and .001. When comparing responses by ethnicity, no differences were found. When combining race and gender, however, significant differences were found with a level of significance of .0014. It is evident from this study that there is little difference between this sample of Anglos and Hispanics in attitudes toward physical activity. There is a difference, however, in frequency of participation and number of activities participated in when controlling for race and gender.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [21]-24)


58 pages




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