Title: Athletic identity and self-esteem in Flemish athletes with a disability
Authors: Van de Vliet, Peter ×
Van Biesen, Debbie
Vanlandewijck, Yves #
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2008
Publisher: European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
Series Title: European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity vol:1 issue:1 pages:9-21
Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate athletic identity, self-esteem and physical self-perceptions
in Flemish athletes with a disability, to investigate the mutual relationships between those variables,
and to evaluate their stability over time. Flemish athletes (Paralympic level, n = 23; Non-
Paralympic Elite level, n = 37) filled out questionnaires 11 months before the Paralympic Games
(PG), 3 months before the PG, and immediately afterwards. Participants in both groups report
strong levels of athletic identity, comparable to profiles in able-bodied sportive individuals. Similar
findings are reported for global self-esteem and physical self-perceptions. With exception of
physical confidence, no relationship was found between athletic identity and (physical) selfperceptions.
Both athletic identity and (physical) self-perceptions are stable constructs over time.
Flemish athletes with disabilities possess a strong athletic identity and subsequent selfperceptions,
in which they identify themselves with being ‘real athletes’. This athletic identity is
imbedded in a broad self-concept approach, largely independent from performances.
ISSN: 1803-3857
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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