Date of Award

Spring 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

J Elizabeth Falvey


The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between engagement in physical activity in the domains of work and/or recreation, and self-reported well-being in a clinical population. The study was correlational in nature and utilized a Spearman rank order correlation to analyze the data of the eleven participants recruited at a therapeutic group private practice in a northern New England town. All eleven participants were females ranging in age from 23 to 43. It was hypothesized that all types of physical activity would correlate positively with reported well-being. The results of the data analysis were not significant; the research hypotheses were therefore not supported. Trends in the present study suggest that increased physical activity is related to poorer feelings of well-being. This trend refutes prior research which suggests that physical activity can be beneficial to both physical and psychological health.