A growing body of research argues that physical activity in various forms
may be beneficial for the mental health of adolescents. However, less is known
about why and for whom this relationship is true. This book investigates the
role of the self as a possible change mechanism in the relationship between
physical activity participation and mental well-being in adolescents, when also taking
into account personal and contextual specificities. This book may help academics
and professionals one step closer to knowing why and for whom physical activity
and mental health are related, the potential optimal conditions under which
these mechanisms operate, and the individual characteristics that may increase or
reduce an individual's responsiveness to mental-health gains.
Tommy Haugen (PhD) is Associate Professor of Sport Sciences at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. He is a member of the research group "Sport and Exercise Psychology: Health, Education, and Performance" (SEP-HEP).