Date of Scholarly Project Submission
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Physical activity (PA) has the potential to have a positive impact on mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and self-esteem. In particular, this project focused on self-esteem because low self-esteem can lead to increased risk of developing anxiety or depression. In contrast, high self-esteem can have a protective effect against anxiety and depression. Group PA programs combined with mentorship have been shown to build relationships and enhance self-esteem. The purpose of this DNP project was to determine the impact of participation in a rural midwestern, mentored cycling program on self-esteem in an at-risk adolescent population. Self-esteem was measured using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) and the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model was used as a theoretical framework. The mentored cycling program, Start the Cycle, involved weekly meetings, for 20 weeks with the end goal of completing a 28-mile bike race. The participants were taught bike maintenance and participated in indoor training and outdoor training. Data were analyzed using paired t-tests. A significant difference (p = 0.043) was found when comparing pre and post RSE scores for participants who were participating in the group for the first time. Additionally, self-esteem scores at the beginning of the program were higher in returning members than in the new members (p < 0.05). These total findings support the hypothesis that participation in the cycling group may improve self-esteem in the adolescent population and overall participation in PA.
Bolduc, Dana, "THE IMPACT OF PARTICIPATION IN A MENTORED CYCLING PROGRAM" (2021). DNP Scholarly Projects. 20.