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- Main Title Physique Attitudes and Self-Presentational Concerns: Exploratory Interviews with Female Group Aerobic Exercisers and Instructors
Author: Greenleaf, ChristyCreator Type: PersonalCreator Info: University of North Texas
Author: McGreer, RosemaryCreator Type: PersonalCreator Info: YMCA
Author: Parham, HeatherCreator Type: PersonalCreator Info: University of North Texas
Name: SpringerPlace of Publication: [New York, New York]
- Creation: 2006-02
- Content Description: Article discussing physique attitudes and self-presentational concerns and exploratory interviews with female group aerobic exercisers and instructors.
- Physical Description: 11 p.
- Keyword: social physique anxiety
- Keyword: females
- Keyword: exercise
- Journal: Sex Roles, 2006. New York: Springer, pp. 189-199.
- Publication Title: Sex Roles
- Volume: 54
- Issue: 3/4
- Page Start: 189
- Page End: 199
- Pages: 11
- Peer Reviewed: True
Name: UNT Scholarly WorksCode: UNTSW
Name: UNT College of EducationCode: UNTCED
- DOI: 10.1007/s11199-006-9337-4
- Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc31089
- Academic Department: Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
- Display Note: Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore physique attitudes and self-presentational concerns among women who regularly participate in or instruct group aerobic classes. The authors were interested in conceptualizations of the ideal body, self-presentation concerns, and the influence of instructors in the group aerobics context. Five instructors and six exercisers participated in semi-structured interviews. Two higher order themes were identified from the interview data: (a) perceived body ideals and (b) body image experiences in the group aerobics context. Participants described the ideal body as lean and toned and attainable, but cautioned that being too muscular was unattractive and should be avoided. Exercisers experienced heightened self-presentation during aerobics more than the instructors did. Both exercisers and instructors thought that instructors should serve as body role models.