Moderate involvement in sports is related to lower depression levels among adolescents

Christopher E. Sanders, Tiffany M. Field, Miguel Diego, Michele Kaplan

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Abstract

Sports involvement has been found to be related to social and psychological well-being in Icelandic adolescents. The present study investigated whether similar relationships exist for American adolescents. A group of 89 high school seniors completed a questionnaire that gathered data on sports involvement, depression, intimacy with parents and friends, and grade point average. It was found that the moderate sports involvement group (3 to 6 hours per week) had lower depression scores than did the low sports involvement group (2 hours or less per week). The findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-797
Number of pages5
JournalAdolescence
Volume35
Issue number140
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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