2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Levels of Anger and Aggression among Intercollegiate Athletes
Amber N. Watton
Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentor

Past research has suggested that male athletes participating in sports that involve more physical contact report higher levels of aggressive behavior than those participating in non-contact sports and females in general. In addition, recent research has suggested that athletes that more highly identify with their role as an athlete engage in behaviors, like aggression, to confirm or validate that identity. The purpose of this research was to explore the relationship between athletic identity, aggression, and anger in athletes participating in non-contact and contact sports, as well as male and female athletes. Participants from two universities completed the Competitive Anger and Aggression scale and the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale. To explore differences in the dependent variables between contact and non-contract athletes, as well as males and females, independent-sample T-tests will be done. Correlational analysis will further explore the relationship between athletic identity, aggression and anger within the samples.

Keywords: aggression, anger, athletes

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 18-3
Location: VH 1010
Time: 10:15

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