Research in Dance and Physical Education
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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.63-70
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2020
Received 30 Oct 2020 Revised 13 Dec 2020 Accepted 14 Dec 2020

The Effect of Preferred Physical Activity on Emotion, Stress and Happiness of University Student

Han-Woo Lee1 ; Jung-Taek Shin2, *
1Dongeui University, Republic of Korea, Professor
2Dongeui University, Republic of Korea, Professor

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of preferred physical activity on emotion, stress and happiness in university students. The participants of this study consisted of 23 university students and the measures were the profile of mood state (POMS), the stress scale and the happiness inventory. Participants in this study were randomly assigned to the preferred physical activity group (n=12) and the non-preferred physical activity group (n=11). Participants in the study were physically active twice a week for 60 minutes per session. The collected data were analyzed through the SPSS 23 version, and p-value<.05 was set. The results of this study were as follows. First, the group participating in the preferred physical activity significantly decreased total mood disturbance (TMD). Second, participation in the preferred physical activity significantly reduced the participants' stress symptoms. Third, there was a significant increase in happiness in the preferred physical activity group. However, there were no significant changes in TMD, stress and feelings of happiness in the non-favored physical activity group.


Preferred physical activity, Total mood disturbance, Stress, Happiness


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