الرياضة أثناء أوقات الفراغ تعزز الصحة النفسية لدى طلبة بعض الجامعات العربية

Translated title of the contribution: LEISURE-TIME EXERCISE IMPROVES THE WELL-BEING OF ARAB UNDERGRADUATES’ STUDENTS

Kashef Zayed, Ghada Al-Khasawneh, Ehab Omara, Ali Al-Shamli, Mahmoud Azab, Ahmad A. al-Haramleh, Mohammed M. Hassan, Nasser Al-Rawahi, Asma A. Al-Attiyah

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Abstract

This study aims to evaluate the leisure-time exercise and mental well-being of undergraduate Arab students, and to explore the effect of exercise at leisure on mental health. To achieve these goals, a self-reported exercise scale and Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (W-EMWBS) were administered on a sample consisted of 703 undergraduate Arab students registered in some universities in four Arab countries (318 males, and 385 females; m age = 19.97 ± 1.86) Descriptive statistical showed that the participants had good levels of mental well-being and it also showed that only 26% of them regularly engage in sports activities according to the global recommended health standards, while 39% of them do not practice sports at all. Two-ways Analysis of Variance explored that there was no significant effect of the interaction of gender with exercise on mental-well-being (F (2,655) = 1.799, p =.166), but revealed that participants who used to engage in different levels of exercise and physical activities, during their leisure times, have better levels of mental well-being compared to their physically inactive counterparts (p =.000), but there were no significant gender differences in the level of mental well-being (p =.079). The study concluded that practicing sports in leisure time, even at limited rates, is associated with a high level of mental health and recommended the necessity of providing more support for sports activity at Arab universities due to the effect of sport on promoting mental well-being.
Translated title of the contributionLEISURE-TIME EXERCISE IMPROVES THE WELL-BEING OF ARAB UNDERGRADUATES’ STUDENTS
Original languageArabic
Pages (from-to)257
Number of pages269
JournalDirasat- Educational Sciences (University of Jordan)
Volume48
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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