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Exercise Has Positive Effect on Teens' Self-Esteem, Mental Health

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2013 Jan 18
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A study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that exercise has positive effects that go far beyond physical changes in teens, as it does with people of all ages.

The study, based on a survey of 7,000 Dutch students, found that teens who participated in team sports had higher self-esteem and a more positive self-image than those who didn't. Additionally, these students were less likely to engage in negative behaviors, including "social withdrawal and anxiety, getting into trouble, aggressive behavior with others," according to Alan Kazdin, the editor of Clinical Psychological Science. Teens who participated in team sports were also found to have more friends.