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An exploratory analysis of team sport membership and social anxiety in an Irish context

Cowman, Kate (2023) An exploratory analysis of team sport membership and social anxiety in an Irish context. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Social anxiety affects 13.7% of Irish adults. Health systems have not yet adequately responded to the needs of people with social anxiety disorder. Aim: To investigate the effect of physical activity on mental health. Objectives: To examine the prevalence of social anxiety amongst third-level students, to examine the effect of team sport membership on social anxiety, to examine the relationship between self-esteem and social anxiety. Hypothesis 1: Team sport predicts lower levels of social anxiety. Hypothesis 2: Self-esteem will negatively correlate with social anxiety. Methods: This quantitative study adopted a cross-sectional design. Participants were recruited through social media using a convenience sampling technique (N = 115), and through poster advertisements using a volunteer sampling technique. An online survey was composed for data collection methods. Three validated measurement questionnaires were used in the online survey. Results: Results of regression and correlation analysis found that playing sport did not significantly predict lower levels of social anxiety and found a positive correlation between self-esteem and social anxiety. Conclusion: Neither of the hypotheses put forth were supported. Importantly, the results of this current study challenges researchers to compose further studies with larger sample sizes to find significant factors that predict lower levels of social anxiety.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Mothersill, David
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 10:22
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 10:22

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