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Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

AGE-GROUP DIFFERENCES IN PERCEPTION OF COMPETENCE, GOAL ORIENTATION, ATTITUDES, AND PRACTICE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF GIRLS WHO ATTEND MILITARY SCHOOLS

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Adilson Marques, Jo√?∆?√?¬£o Martins, Jos√?∆?√?¬© Diniz, Francisco Carreiro da Costa

This study analysed the differences in self-perception, goal orientation and participation in physical activity (PA) in girls (N = 244) attending military schools. Girls had moderately higher levels of perceived competence, and there were no significant differences between age-groups. The figure for task-orientation was higher than ego-orientation. Girls expressed a positive attitude toward school and PE. Most girls did not practiced PA outside school, but 63,9% were involved in school sports. It seems that the military educational institutions are being successful in helping students to adopt physically active lifestyles. The development of perception of competence, task-orientation, and favourable attitudes seem to be important factors to enhance the levels of PA among students.

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