The effect of karate practice on self-esteem in young adults with visual impairment: a case study

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Previous research has not examined the potential relationship between physical activity interventions and psychological domains of young adults with visual impairment (VI). This study aimed to investigate whether karate practice improves the self-esteem of young adults with VI. A secondary aim of this study was to explore the exercise and self-esteem model (EXSEM) on young adults with VI. Following a non-concurrent multiple baseline approach, four males and one female (age range 19-40 years) with VI participated in this study. Four undergraduate students completed the Self-Perception Profile for College Students and one postgraduate student completed the Adult Self-Perception Profile. All participants completed the Physical Self- Perception Profile and the Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale. When the score stability was attained the intervention was introduced. Each participant attended a 60-minute karate session twice a week for 10 weeks at the University of Edinburgh. The students completed all questionnaires every two weeks during the karate program and a visual inspection approach was used for data analysis. Visual inspection showed that four participants improved their global self-esteem. Self-efficacy was improved in three participants whereas the other two had high self-efficacy before participation in the karate program. Most of the physical self-perception domains were improved for all five participants while one participant did not improve one domain of the physical self-perception. Findings suggest that karate practice may improve self-esteem, physical self-perception, and exercise self-efficacy in young adults with VI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-185
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • karate
  • self-esteem


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