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Self-esteem at paralympic athletes

Lea Komat (2014) Self-esteem at paralympic athletes. Diploma thesis.

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    The following diploma thesis is composed of two parts: the theoretical part and the empirical one. The theoretical part of the thesis presents the self-image in general and its value aspect – the self-respect, in more detail. We find different experts’ definitions in the field of the self-image and the self-respect and realize that they all agree at one point - it concerns the value standpoint towards oneself, which refers to the individual’s accepting or rejecting of oneself and believing in one’s own ability, value and importance. Further we present the characteristics of the self-respect among the athletes and among the disabled athletes. Within the disabled athletes section, we also present some adapted sport activities and a brief history of sport for the disabled. At the end of the theoretical part we present the Paralympics games (PG), their history, classification and disciplines and revise the idea of the Paralympic movement which says: ˝The important thing is not to win, but to take part.˝(1908, v Girginov, Parry, Hosta, 2005, str. 7). The empirical part presents five hypotheses. In terms of higher self-respect we compare two groups of the disabled athletes, namely the paralympic athletes and the recreational disabled athletes (RDA). The influence of the high self-respect is presented in connection with the paralympic athletes' expectations on the PG. The results on the PG are compared to the amount of the self-respect. The other two hypotheses discuss the influence of the age and gender on the self-respect among all the tested disabled athletes. Our study shows that the paralympic athletes have a higher value of self-respect compared to the RDA and confirms that age is not related to the value of self-respect. Our results show that there is no significant connection between the value of self-respect or their expectations and results at PG. The average value of self-respect is very similar considering the sex of the subjects. The results are presented in tables and text. The interpretation establishes and explains the influence of an extremely small sample on the results. Some suggestions for improving or reducing this kind of influence are stated in the conclusion.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: self-respect, disabled athletes, paralympic athletes, paralympic games
    Number of Pages: 55
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Janez JermanMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10303305)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2606
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 07:46
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 16:49
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2606

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