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ERIC Number: EJ868766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0095-7984
Racial and Athletic Identity of African American Football Players at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly White Institutions
Steinfeldt, Jesse A.; Reed, Courtney; Steinfeldt, M. Clint
Journal of Black Psychology, v36 n1 p3-24 2010
This study examined racial and athletic identity among African American football players at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Negotiating the dualism of racial and athletic identities can be problematic because both roles are subject to prejudice and discrimination, particularly for student-athletes in revenue-producing sports like football. Results indicated that seniors at both institution types reported significantly lower levels of Public Regard and that lower levels of Public Regard predicted higher levels of college adjustment. Senior football players reported a greater acknowledgment that society does not value African Americans, and this acknowledgment predicted greater college adjustment. No differences between institution types in racial Centrality emerged, but football players at PWIs reported higher levels of Athletic Identity. By garnering a better understanding of the psychosocial needs of African American football players, these results can inform college student personnel who can prioritize facilitating student-athlete academic and life skills with the same attention given to ensuring their athletic success. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire