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Development and utilization of a movement readiness survey

The purpose of this investigation was to develop a valid and reliable survey instrument designed to measure Movement Readiness and, with this instrument, to compare measurements of Movement Readiness to other related measures, such as grade evaluations, physical characteristics, family size and responses to two selected survey questions concerning feelings about self and worries. An aspect of Body Image, called Movement Readiness, was isolated and defined from a review of pertinent literature, and certain Body Image affectors were selected, which served as bases for the development of the Movement Readiness Survey. The survey was developed, and validity and reliability were determined. It was then administered to 354 junior high school girls, scored, and the data obtained was examined to determine if significant relationships existed. It was concluded from the findings of this study that a valid and reliable survey instrument could be developed, and that statistically significant relationships did not exist between measurements of Movement Readiness and: a) Physical Education grade, b) academic achievement, c) physical characteristics, and d) family size. Patterns of descending Movement Readiness Survey scores corresponded with descending Physical Education grades and overall grade point averages in the seventh and eighth grades. Also, at all three grade levels, girls with height-weight adjusted measures closer to the average scored better on the Movement Readiness Survey. A statistically significant difference was found between Movement Readiness Survey scores and feelings about self. It was further concluded that, even though statistically significant relationships were not found, the Movement Readiness Survey provided a means of obtaining a usable quantity of detailed and varied information concerning student feelings about self and attitudes toward movement.

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