EVEN WHEN BULLIED, STUDENTS FIND JOY IN SPORTS

Stefano Scarpa, Damiano Bezze

Abstract


A replication study is presented here with a more solid sample and after eleven years, also marked by a pandemic event (see Scarpa et a.l. 2012). So, this study examined the relations between peer-victimization during sport practice and physical activity enjoyment. 634 students (311 boys, 323 girls) from a middle school, ages 12 to 13 years (M = 12.2; SD = .56), were surveyed. Most of the correlations between peer-victimization during sport practice and physical activity enjoyment variables did not reach statistical significance. Linear regression analysis was also conducted on significant correlation, highlighting an almost non-existent influence of peer-victimization during practice of sports on enjoyment of physical activity. At the end of the study we believe it is possible to argue that peer-victimization during practice of sports does not influence in any way enjoyment during physical activity. The results of this study appear to confirm and improve the conclusions of the replicated study, in which peer-victimization during practice of sports seemed to be a poor predictor of low enjoyment of physical activity. Probably because the pleasure of playing sport is not an exogenous variable, but something intrinsic to the sport itself, which needs more investigation.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.32043/gsd.v7i3.1003

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