A study with adolescents

  • Catarina Lucas Centro Terapêutico Catarina Lucas, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Clémence Freitas ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Cristina Oliveira Dept. de Psicologia, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Manuela Machado Associação de Pais de Vila Pouca, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Portugal.
  • Maria Monteiro Cooperativa de Educação e Reabilitação de Crianças Inadaptadas de Fafe, Fafe, Portugal.


This study had the purpose to investigate how exercise could affect one’s satisfaction in one’s life. The study concerned a sample of 219 adolescents, in which 109 were male and 110 were female (n = 219), with ages ranging from twelve to seventeen. The average verified age was 14.42 years. The instrument used as a variable for “life satisfaction” was the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) of Diener, Emmons, Larsen, e Griffin (1985), translated and adjust by Neto (1990, 1993), and as a variable in “exercises” was the Scale of moderate and vigorous Physical Activity of Prochaska, Sallis e Long (2001). The results demonstrated that the individuals that exercise demonstrated higher levels of satisfaction in life than those who didn’t exercise. It also provided evidence that the males demonstrated higher levels of participation in exercises and life satisfaction in relation to the females.

Mar 16, 2018
How to Cite
LUCAS, Catarina et al. PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND LIFE SATISFACTION. PsychTech & Health Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 38-47, mar. 2018. ISSN 2184-1004. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 mar. 2019. doi: