Date of Graduation

Summer 2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Dorothy Escobar

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Raffel

Abstract

This research study was aimed at developing an evaluation survey tool to measure the effects of physical activity and physical education on middle school students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social health and well-being. This study was conducted in a middle school in the challenging, underserved Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California in April to June 2018. Data for this research was obtained by questionnaires distributed electronically to students. The questionnaire, sent to the students in the month of April and June, had them select the response that best described how they felt on the days they had P.E. and days they did not. Responses were made on a 4-point Likert scale ranging from “Definitely No” to “Definitely Yes”. The sample of 33 students were selected from the students who completed both no P.E. and P.E. day surveys in both April and June. The survey results suggest that the P.E. program of the school had significant, positive effects on students’ responses to questions regarding their anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, mood, and stress. The results provide some support for the benefits of physical activity and physical education on students, particularly children and adolescents.

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