Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

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First Advisor

Chandler, Krista


Active play, CAPIQ, Children, Competence, CY-PSPP, Imagery




Low levels of perceived motor and physical competence are viewed as barriers to physical activity in children (Weiss, 2000). Imagery is an effective psychological skill that can create feelings of competence in those who use it (Weinberg, 2008). As such, imagery may be one way to enhance perceptions of competence and increase physical activity participation. The overall purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between children’s use of active play imagery (fun, capability, and social imagery) and the domains of physical competence (global self-worth, physical self-worth, sport competence, body attractiveness, physical strength, and physical conditioning). Male (n = 96) and female (n = 55) children ranging from 9 to 12 years (M = 10.25, SD = 1.04) were recruited from local summer camp programs to participate in the study. Social imagery was identified as a predictor of body attractiveness, physical self-worth, and global self-worth, whereas fun imagery was identified as a predictor of strength, physical self-worth, and global self-worth. Encouraging children to engage in active play imagery, and more specifically, fun and social imagery, could serve as an effective strategy to enhance the perceptions of one’s self-worth.