Assertion in women's intercollegiate tennis singles

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Janice Carole Shelton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pearl Berlin

Abstract: The broad purpose of this investigation was to study the assertive behaviors of women intercollegiate tennis players. The inquiry further sought to develop a systematic observation technique for use in analyzing intercollegiate tennis play. Singles play was selected as the specific sport environment in which to identify and describe assertion. A specific purpose of the research was to study the relationship between the obtained observations and players' scores on a general assertion scale, the CSES (Galassi et al., 1974). A comparison was also made between observed assertion in tennis play, team ranking, and points and games won and lost. Finally, player profiles were compiled which illustrate possible uses of observation findings. Procedures for the development of the systematic observation technique involved the identification and description of assertive play behaviors in women's intercollegiate tennis singles. Three experienced judges were presented with a videotape of ten point sequences of singles play. The player selected was ranked fifth among AIAW Southern Region intercollegiate tennis players. Judges were requested to verify, add, or delete categories of play behaviors and descriptors of assertion on a summary sheet provided by the investigator. Agreement between two of the three judges was required to include a play behavior or descriptor of assertion. The observation tool provided for the recording of: (a) assertive, nonassertive, and neutral play, (b) points served or received and won or lost, (c) game, set, and match scores, and (d) frequencies of behaviors observed on each point sequence.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Women tennis players $x Attitudes
Women athletes $x Education, Higher
Assertiveness (Psychology)

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