EXPLORING THE EFFECT ON THE SELF-PERCEPTION OF YOUTH PARTICIPATING IN A SURVIVAL SWIMMING PROGRAM
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Participation in physical activity throughout the lifespan is critical to good health and well-being. The literature indicates a link between perceived athletic competence and participation in activity. This pilot study investigated the link between participation in a survival swimming program and self-perception in six domains in twenty youth participants. The Self-Perception Profile for Children (Harter, 1985) was used to determine whether or not the participants had any changes in their self-perception after taking part in the program. The results showed no significant difference between the two trials. Discussion noted sample size and acquisition as difficulties. Future research possibilities are suggested in the area of perceived choice in activity, perceived competence with regards to success or failure in the program, and different aspects of motivation to participate.