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ERIC Number: ED106275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-14
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The Relationship of Social Values and Attitudes Toward and Participation in Physical Activity and Sports among College Students.
Coutts, Curtis A.
This study explored relationships between certain social values and the attitudinal and behavioral dimensions of physical activity. Data were supplied by 1,895 students enrolled in SUNY-Binghamton physical education classes through the use of a self-administered questionnaire. Social values were measured with the use of the Value Profile as devised by Bales and Couch, and attitudes toward physical activity were assessed with Kenyon's ATPA Scale. Participation in the various dimensions of physical activity and in interscholastic athletics was self-reported. The results of the study indicated the following: (a) correlations between attitudes toward and participation in physical activity were positive and significant for each of the six ATPA scales; (b) there was a low but positive and significant correlation between acceptance of authority and participation in interscholastic athletics; and (c) there was a low but negative and significant correlation between equalitarianism and participation in interscholastic athletics. It was concluded that organized school athletic programs tend to serve as a conservative and integrating force among athletes. Participation in athletics does not appear to have a positive influence on the development of feelings of equality toward others. (Author/JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 14, 1975)