Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

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The purpose of this project was to present a program designed for self-awareness to incarcerated minor females at the New Mexico State Girls School, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the hope of increasing their positive self-concepts as measured by the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale. Sixteen subjects were randomly chosen and placed in test and control groups. The program lasted for sixty days with sessions meeting three times per week for approximately one and one half hours each. Yoga exercise, personal meditation and discussions of personal body and self were presented. Based on personal observations and the results of a discriminate analysis and a regression analysis treated univariately, changes were seen to occur within the ten aspects of the self-concept explored by the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale: 1) self-criticism, 2) identity, 3) self-satisfaction, 4) behavior, 5) physical self, 6) moral-ethical self, 7) personal self, 8) family self, 9) social self, 10) self-esteem, when pre-test scores were compared with post-test scores. Areas seen to be most positively affected by participation in the program included moral-ethical self, self-satisfaction, and perception of personal adequacy. Anecdotal data indicated a high level of personal involvement and interaction with exchange of information and feelings which may have non-quantifyable value.

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Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science

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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dale Lester Hanson

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Third Committee Member

Kenneth Carl Lersten