Perceptions of "the woman athlete" and "the woman coach"

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Nancy Buhrer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pearl Berlin

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceived concepts, "woman athlete" and "woman coach," and the comparisons of these concepts, as held by a selected sample of women athletes and women coaches. Subjects participating in the study were 48 women coaches of swimming, tennis, and basketball active member teams in Southern Region II of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletic Women (SIAW). One hundred and twelve women athletes of the above teams participating in North Carolina also took part In the investigation. Both athletes and coaches responded to semantic differential scales for concepts, "woman athlete" and "woman coach." Athletes also responded to a direct response question asking them to designate the "real" person who came to mind when subjects thought of the term "coach." The relationship, if any, of the "real" person to the athlete was also questioned.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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