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ERIC Number: ED081746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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The Effect of a Football Season on the Personality of High School Athletes.
Thomes, Thomas D.; And Others
This study investigated the effect of a competitive football season on the personality dimensions of high school varsity football team players (N=50) Personality data were collected using the Cattell 16 P.F. Questionnaire. Each player was ranked according to general football ability on the basis of a coach's rating. The t-test was used to compare a) the initial and final sten scores of the total group, b) the high- and low-ability groups (N=12 each) initially and finally, and c) the initial and final sten scores of the high and low groups. It found that a) when the total group was compared initially and finally, no significant differences were observed; b) at pre-season testing the high- and low-ability groups differed significantly on factors relating to maturity and trustfulness; c) at post-season testing the high and low groups differed significantly between initial and final testing on the same factor suggesting the observed personality modification was restricted to the high group; and e) no significant differences existed between the pre- and post-scores of the low-ability group on any of the 16 personality factors. It was concluded that the personality of high-ability varsity football players may undergo subtle modifications during a competitive football season while the low-ability players appear unaffected in terms of personality modifications. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1973