ERIC Number: ED161832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Psychological Aspects of Female College Athletes.
Wilcoxon, Barbara R.
The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the psychological aspects (femininity, masculinity, and androgyny), attitudes, self-esteem, and social competence exhibited by female college athletes participating in elected individual and team sports. For the purpose of this research the following hypotheses were tested: The social costs of athletic participation by women today are not as great as previously, and contemporary changes in broadening of sex roles are reflected in the positive findings regarding the women athletes. Women proficient in individual sports (gymnastics and swimming) evidenced little anxiety about their own femininity. The self-image of women engaged in competitive team sports was less positive. Members of college varsity female team members participated in this research project. To obtain a descriptive psychological study of female college athletes three tests were administered: the Personal Attributes Questionnaire, Work and Family Orientation, and the Texas Social Behavior Inventory. Results of this research indicate that the female athlete is no longer being threatened by social sanctions and stereotyping, whether engaged in individual or team sports. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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