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The meaning of the body schema in reaching maturity during late adolescence

By Mirucka Beata

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The objective of the research presented in this paper was to investigate whether an association existed between the activation of the body schema and reaching adulthood among people in late adolescence. Three activities that are known to enjoy popularity among young people were analysed, namely: dancing, playing computer games that require motor involvement (e.g. Kinect), and playing computer games of an educational and entertaining character. It was assumed that the chosen forms of activity correspond to three levels of activation of the body schema. The following research methods have been applied to this study: the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES), the Defence Style Questionnaire (DSQ), and the Bodily Self Representation Questionnaire. The study has proven that the activation of body schema through dance is significantly related to high self-esteem and the use of mainly mature and neurotic defence mechanisms in threat situations

Topics: body schema, body self, self-esteem, defence mechanisms, late adolescence, Psychology, BF1-990
Publisher: De Gruyter Open
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1515/ppb-2016-0017
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:e02238392e58454088cd00fdd668fa65
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