Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Professor Jerome Schiele, D.S.W.


This study analyzed the effects of participation in low-impact aerobics in conjunction with individual counseling on the self-esteem of a single subject, a woman over the age of eighteen. Previously research has concluded that physical exercise has had positive effects on self-esteem. There has also been research which assessed the effects of physical exercise in combination with counseling; however there is limitations to this research in that there is a lack of these studies which are relative to women.

Over a ten week period, with the baseline and intervention phases each consisting of five weeks, a woman's self-esteem was determined via the Index of Self-esteem. During the five week intervention, the woman participated in low-impact aerobics three times a week and received individual counseling sessions with the researcher for one hour each week. As hypothesized, the woman's self-esteem scores decreased (meaning her self-esteem improved) in the intervention phase. With each week of the intervention, her self-esteem improved. Implications for these findings for practice and future research are discussed.

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