Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this investigation was to determine relationships between physical fitness, social acceptability, social adjustment, intelligence, and academic achievement. The following procedure was employed in this study. Fifty Caucasian 14 and 15 year-old males from Mandan Junior High School, Mandan, North Dakota, that participated in track during the spring of 1966 volunteered as subjects. The measurements under investigation were: physical fitness measured by the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test, social acceptability measured by the Cowell Personal Distance Ballot, social adjustment measured by the Cowell Social Behavior Trend Index (Forms A and B), intelligence measured by the Henmon-Nelson Tests of Mental Ability (Forms A & B), and academic achievement measured by grade-point averages. The product-moments correlational technique was employed to determine if relationships existed between the variables. Predictive Indices were computed to determine the predictive value better than pure chance of the obtained r’s. The tails of the distributions were also examined by comparing the high and low groups of each of the five variables. The means of the high and low groups were analyzed by the use of a t-test.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical fitness -- Testing
Social Acceptance
Social adjustment




South Dakota State University