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ERIC Number: EJ804167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Why Faster, Higher, Stronger Isn't Necessarily Better--The Relations of Paralympian and Women's Soccer Teams' Performance to National Well-Being
Downie, Michelle; Koestner, Richard
Social Indicators Research, v88 n2 p273-280 Sep 2008
The present study considers how the athletic performance of minority groups relates to national subjective well-being (SWB) and life expectancy. Based on the argument that sports represent a microcosm of society and the reliable finding that national inequality is associated with reduced SWB, we hypothesized that greater opportunities for typically disadvantaged groups within sports should be positively related to national indicators of well-being. Study 1 compared the relation of success in the Paralympics versus the Olympics to national subjective well-being and life expectancy. The results supported our hypothesis. In Study 2 we conceptually replicated these results using the standings of national men's and women's soccer teams. Overall, it appears that the opportunities to compete in sports that nations afford to members of disadvantaged groups reflect on the health and well-being of the entire society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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