Physical Self Perception Gap Analysis

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Are children more confident because they are oblivious to the pressures the world can lay upon us, or is it wired into the adolescent mind to be indifferent about self-esteem? The study uses different ages, between 11 and 16, and gender to find the best possible answers to when self-worth and self-esteem are introduced to the adolescent mind and are their values different over time. 605 adolescent French students that attend PE (physical education) classes are questioned using several different methods (isolation, face to face, and questionnaires) and asked a series of questions pertaining to self-worth and self-esteem. The questions are based upon “Fox and Corbin’s (1989) Physical Self Perception Profile (PSPP)” (pg. 1 Article). PSPP involves …show more content…
Using personal experience, I can say that more than my mind and my anatomy, the things going on around me from 11-16 were paramount in developing who I am today. If there were empirical evidence for going in between elementary and middle school, and then middle school to high school, this study would be almost leak proof. The differences in the culture, just within a new school, are enough to throw the whole idea of self-worth and self-esteem for a curve. Organized sports are introduced at this age, older students are always around at this point in schooling, and girls are finally being cured of their horrible bout with cooties for all those years. Moreover, all the people you know, around your age, are going through the same thing, so you can’t act weird and not conform, that wouldn’t be “cool dude.” When I was in third grade the highest accolade you could receive was fastest kids on the playground, when I was in middle school it was about having a girlfriend even if that meant having her mom drop you off at the movie theater, and finally when I got into high school the story was who had what party and who slept with that girl. As you can tell from my personal timeline, the importance of the awards never changed (if anything they got dumber with age), but the pressure and seriousness did. So naturally kids that care about who is fastest on the playground won’t care tomorrow,

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