Physically Active Leisure Education and Collegiate Females’ Body Image: An Exploratory Study


As research on body image continues to expand, a growing focus has been placed on the role that physical activity plays in shaping body image. Framed by body image research, including objectification theory, that indicates a link between body image and societal norms, the purpose of this study was to investigate the role that physically-active leisure education courses might play in shaping college females’ body image. The results indicate that participants experienced a significant and positive change in body image following a semester-long leisure education course. This mixed methods study utilizing provides empirical support for further investigation of intentionally-designed, physically-active leisure education courses as a potentially novel avenue to enhancing college females’ body image.


Recreation Management and Policy

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Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual


American Press

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