Sport participation and self-esteem as mediated by perceived peer acceptance and sport self-concept in Taiwanese college students

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Wen-Ing Chen
Chen-Yueh Chen
Yi-Hsiu Lin
Tien-Tze Chen
Cite this article:  Chen, W., Chen, C., Lin, Y., & Chen, T. (2012). Sport participation and self-esteem as mediated by perceived peer acceptance and sport self-concept in Taiwanese college students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40(4), 699-704.


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In this study we posited that sport participation would be positively associated with self-esteem through the mediating variables of perceived peer acceptance and sport self-concept. A survey was completed by 489 Taiwanese college students using a 2-stage sampling design and structural equation modeling revealed that sport participation positively predicts peer acceptance and sport self-concept. Additionally, peer acceptance and sport self-concept positively predict self-esteem.

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