Maria Luigia Salvatori, Domenico Cherubini


Background: Expectations of women in sport are often based on gender stereotypes. It may not be "normal" for women to play a certain sport. This attitude is often linked to the perception of one's motor skills. In this context, enjoyment would seem to play a key role in improving gender trends in sport choice. Purpose: to explore the relationship between perceived competence as one of the basic psychological needs and gender differences among primary school students, considering enjoyment as a mediator factor. Method: 50 children (M age = 9.04, SD = ± 0.66) performed different games proposed by emphasizing the enjoyment aspect for the experimental group and a regular program of curricular physical education. Results: The findings of this study highlight the importance of physical activity in improving self-competence, as well as the importance of enjoyment in play a significant role in promoting gender equality in the choice of sport.


academic achievement; motor competence; exercise.

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