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Students in the Hungarian-Romanian-Ukrainian Cross-border Area

postat 4 feb. 2013, 23:05 de Sergiu Baltatescu   [ actualizat la 4 feb. 2013, 23:05 ]

Sergiu Bălţătescu & Klara Kovács 

In: G. Pusztai, A. Hatos & T. Ceglédi (coord.), Third Mission of Higher Education in a Cross-Border Region Center for Higher Education Research and Development – Hungary, University of Debrecen Debrecen, pp. 134-148.

Abstract: This paper aims to examine the relationship between the sport participation of students and their happiness and satisfaction with life. We start with the assumption drawn from the positive psychology approach that physical activity can function as a protective factor and contribute to students’ well-being. The analyses, which are among the first in these countries, were performed using data collected within the Higher Education for Social Cohesion – Cooperative Research and Development in a Cross-border area (HERD) research project (2011-2012). The sample included 2728 students from nine higher education institutions in the cross-border area of Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. According to our findings, males and those from more well-off families report higher frequency of strong physical activities, which supports the gendered sport involvement hypothesis and Bourdieu’s theory on sport as class leisure. We also found an association between reports of practicing intense sport activity of at least 45 minutes per day and the subjective well-being of students, even when controlling for socio-demographics. Thus, we are well inclined to affirm that sport can be a protective factor against stress and unhealthy life style for students in this area.