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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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FALCONI, C.A. et al. Relationship between anthropometry, body fat and self concept of femaly sex adolescents. CPD [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp.256-264.  Epub 13-Jul-2020. ISSN 1989-5879.

Excess weight caused by accumulation of body fat and increased waist circumference can cause health risks for young people, contributing to the development of early psychosocial problems and reduced quality of life of adolescents. In this context, self-concept is an important indicator of psychological well-being, especially in young age. Among the many factors that may contribute to the perception of self-concept is the body composition, which is constantly modified in this phase of life. In this sense, excessive accumulation of body fat and increased abdominal circumference may be associated with positive or negative self-concepts, favoring the development of psychosocial factors in the young population for healthy behaviors. Thus, this study sought to analyze the relationship of waist circumference, fat percentage and the physical and global self-concept of female adolescents. For that, a cross-sectional study was carried out with the participation of 101 female adolescents, students of the High School of a State Technical School of the city of São Paulo. The Harter self-perception scale for adolescents was validated for Brazilian adolescents, in the dimensions of physical and global self-concept, and anthropometric measures of body mass and height were checked for BMI (body mass index), skin folds for the percentage of fat and perimeters for waist circumference. A small inverse correlation was found between the variables physical self-concept and waist circumference corroborating with other studies that indicated similar results.

Palabras clave : self-concept; physical self-concept; adolescent; anthropometry.

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