Bourouzikas, I.*, Filippou, F., Derri, V., Vernadakis, N.
Department of Physical Education & Sport Science, School of Physical Education & Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, 69100 Komotini, Hellas.
The purpose of this study was to examine whether students’ participation in dance and sports activities – individual or team sports – differentiates perceptions of life quality in relation to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. In addition, gender was examined as a differentiating factor of these perceptions. 302 students, (122) boys and (178) girls coming from the high schools of Imathia and Pieria, have taken part in the survey. The Quality of Life Assessment questionnaire (KID SCREEN GROUP EUROPE, 2006) was used in data collection. The questionnaire is consisted of 52 questions exploring the ten factors that form the concept of the quality of life. Data statistical analysis included descriptive statistics as well as a reliability analysis to control factors’ internal coherence and a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA). Data analysis revealed the following conclusions: a. the participation of students in physical activities, individual or group dancing activities, does not differentiate the quality of life from the one of those who does not participate in such activities. b. The gender factor differentiates perceptions of quality of life with boys overriding the “autonomy” factor while girls the “school environment” factor.
Keywords: Quality of life; Dance; Traditional dance; Individual & team sports.