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ERIC Number: EJ909663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1356-336X
Profiling Sport Role Models to Enhance Initiatives for Adolescent Girls in Physical Education and Sport
Vescio, Johanna; Wilde, Kerrie; Crosswhite, Janice J.
European Physical Education Review, v11 n2 p153-170 Jun 2005
This study involved the investigation of sport role models for adolescent girls in Australia. Initially, a theoretical perspective is presented based on social learning and gender theory. Then, using quantitative and qualitative data obtained through two focus group interviews and a survey (n = 357) conducted at two Sydney high schools, the authors establish a profile of a sport role model for adolescent girls. Results showed that a relatively small percentage of girls (8.4 percent) perceived a sports person to be their role model, with a large percentage of girls nominating a role model from the family (mother), peer or entertainment domains. The majority of girls with a sport role model described the model as female, under 40 years of age with a similar sporting background to themselves who display essential masculine and feminine qualities. Using the profile of a sport role model, several suggestions are made which could enhance initiatives and programs for adolescent girls in physical education and sport. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia