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GARCIA, Alfonso Javier  and  TROYANO, Yolanda. Perceived self-esteem in older people in relation to sports and physical activity. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2013, vol.6, n.2, pp.34-41. ISSN 1989-3809.

Self-esteem is considered a key psychological component of quality of life and personal well-being and has even been proposed as an area of intervention to improve the quality of life in the elderly population. The aim of this study was to analyze self-esteem in people over 65 years old who engaged in sports and physical activities or not. The sample consisted of 184 people; 92 engaged in physical activity and sports and 92 did not. We applied a battery of questionnaires to determine socio-demographic characteristics, the frequency and duration of physical activity and sports, and level of self-esteem. The results show that older people who engage in physical activity and sports have a higher level of self-esteem than those who do not. Based on a program of activities and collective methodologies, other studies have shown a positive relationship between self-esteem and physical activity.

Keywords : Self-esteem; Physical Activity and Sports; Older People.

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