The influence of sports on anxiety, depression, and perceived problem solving ability
Canan, F. (2010) The influence of sports on anxiety, depression, and perceived problem solving ability. Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry (Anadolu Psikiyatri Dergisi), 11 (1). pp. 38-43.
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Objective: In this study we aimed to investigate the depression, anxiety, and perceived problem solving ability levels of sportmen who exercise regularly and to figure out if they differentiate from non-exercising population according to these variables. Methods: All participants were aged between 18 and 35. Two groups of participants were included as follows: 69 sportmen (35 team sportmen, 34 individual sportmen) who exercise regularly (at least 5 hours/week) and 26 controls who stated not to exercise regularly. All participants completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Problem Solving Inventory (PSI), and a sociodemographic form. Results: BAI scores of two sportmen groups were statistically lower than the controls’. The team sportmen in comparison with personal sportmen and controls had significantly lower scores in BDI and PSI. Discussion: Our findings reveal that sports participation in general has a positive effect on anxiety and team sports participation has a positive effect on depression and perceived problem solving ability in particular
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