Sex differences in grade three students' attitudes toward physical activity

Melisa K. Hicks, Randall W. Crist, Matthew S. Wiggins, F. Michael Moode

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes children have towards physical activity and whether boys and girls differ significantly. Sex differences were hypothesized on one or more of the subdomains of Grade 3 Children's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity inventory. The 46 boys and 51 girls ranged from 8 to 10 years of age. A multivariate analysis of variance indicated a significant effect for sex, and subsequent univariate analysis indicated that the boys had significantly lower scores than the girls on the Aesthetic subscale. Results were discussed in terms of attitudes about activity in physical education classes and continued research with younger children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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