ERIC Number: ED083235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
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The Political Attitudes of Canadian Athletes.
Petrie, Brian M.; Reid, Elizabeth L.
This study investigated the general hypothesis that the greater the involvement in the athletic subculture as a member of a sport team, the greater the development of conservative political ideologies. The questionnaire, completed by 150 Canadian team and individual sport athletes, was an amalgam of the following units: a) the McClosky Political Conservatism Scale (MPCS); b) self-reported political ideology (SRPI); c) attitudinal statements evaluating issue-oriented conservatism or liberalism; d) Rehberg Political Action Scale (RPAS); and e) background questions. Analysis revealed a) no significant differences between team and individual athletes on the MPCS ans SRPI, with a leaning toward liberalism; b) no significant differences on attitudinal statements, with women in individual sports learning toward conservative responses; and c) agreement among athletes concerning involvement in political action. These results rejected the research hypothesis. (A discussion of the results is presented, with recommendations for future studies. Four tables of statistical data are included, along with a two-page bibliography.) (BRB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Canadian Psycho-Motor Learning and Sport Psychology Symposium, Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), Oct. 23-25, 1972