ERIC Number: EJ1180124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
A Factor Structure Examination of Athletic Identity Related to NCAA Divisional Differences
Huml, Matt R.
Journal of College Student Development, v59 n3 p376-381 May-Jun 2018
College athletes face a difficult task of balancing their academic and athletic responsibilities while in higher education, which has only increased in difficulty in the recent past. In the past 20 years, the NCAA has passed numerous legislative acts increasing academic requirements to achieve and maintain eligibility, an effort to ensure better academic preparation from college athletes (National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA], 2016). Athletic departments have increased their expectations of college athletes; time commitments for athletes toward their sport have passed the maximum allowed by the NCAA (Wolverton, 2014). Athletic departments have also started creating academic support services to become more involved in their athletes' academic roles. This study examined whether athletic identity is different for college athletes across NCAA divisions. Findings provide evidence for athletic identity differences depending on NCAA division. Specifically, there are two unique findings to discuss: (a) the similarity of athletic identity scores between Division I and Division II college athletes and (b) the lower athletic identity scores of Division III college athletes.
Descriptors: Factor Structure, College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Athletes, Team Sports, Identification (Psychology), Academic Achievement, Online Surveys, Factor Analysis
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