The association between physical activity, self-compassion, and mental well-being after COVID-19: In the exercise and self-esteem model revised with self-compassion (EXSEM-SC) perspective

Ming Yu Claudia WONG, Hong-Wang FUNG, Guangzhe Frank YUAN

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Abstract

During the great life-altering challenges brought by Coronavirus 2019, school closures and lack of access to exercise and social interactions may have increased students’ negative emotions. The current research acts as a follow-up study to the development of the EXSEM-SC, using the Repeated Measures Panel Analysis Framework (RMPAF) to examine the stability of the model in revealing the relationship between physical activity, self-compassion, and mental well-being among Hong Kong adolescents. It is also aimed at examining the changes in physical activity, self-compassion, and mental well-being among Hong Kong adolescents between, before, and after the peak of COVID-19 using the EXSEM-SC Model. The RMPAF has involved 572 (60% Female, Mage = 13.63, SD =1.31) Hong Kong secondary school students. Furthermore, using the abductive qualitative approach, a total of 25 (Mage = 14.84, SD = 1.40) students were involved in the in-depth interviews to further investigate the relationships within the EXSEM-SC. The quantitative results showed that the relationship between physical activity and self-compassion could be demonstrated by the EXSEM-SC, with a satisfactory goodness-of-fit index in the SEMs, as well as satisfying model construct consistency. Moreover, it showed no significant differences in the level of physical activity, self-compassion, and mental well-being during and after the peak of COVID-19. The qualitative results demonstrated two new categories within the EXSEM-SC variables, which are personality traits and injuries experiences. With the stability of the EXSEM-SC model among adolescents, it is expected that the physical activity intervention, which is based on the EXSEM-SC model, could also aim at easing Hong Kong adolescent’s mental health issues. In addition, in terms of generating a long-term impact among students, the physical activity and self-compassionate intervention should be promoted among schools. However, the quantitative properties of the two new categories in the qualitative outcomes should be involved in future investigation. Copyright © 2023 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number233
JournalHealthcare
Volume11
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Citation

Wong, M.-Y. C., Fung, H.-W., & Yuan, G. F. (2023). The association between physical activity, self-compassion, and mental well-being after COVID-19: In the exercise and self-esteem model revised with self-compassion (EXSEM-SC) perspective. Healthcare, 11(2). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11020233

Keywords

  • Self-compassion
  • Physical activity
  • Mental well-being
  • Adolescents

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