Attitudes of selected high school boys towards girls playing on boys' interscholastic teams

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Charlene K. Jaffie (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Celeste Ulrich

Abstract: Male high school athletes who have had experience participating with females in an interscholastic sport situation, male high school athletes who have had no such experience, and male high school non-athletes were compared as to attitudinal inclinations concerning girls participating on boys’ interscholastic teams in non-contact sports. A Semantic Differential Attitude Test, consisting of three major concepts—female athletic teammate, female athletic opponent, and female athlete—was administered to a total of 322 subjects from the New York City Public High School system. Within group and between group comparisons were made in addition to comparisons as to sport, age, individual playing experience with girls, and general favorable attitude regarding girls' participation on boys' interscholastic teams. The statistical process of analysis of variance supported the following results: (1) male high school athletes had more favorable attitude than non-athletes towards girls playing on boys' interscholastic teams; (2) athletes with more experience with female athletes in an interscholastic situation had the most favorable attitude, followed by athletes with no experience; (3) there was no difference in attitudes of groups when comparing age, type of sport or particular individual playing experience with females; (4) the concept of female athletic teammate was more favorable than concepts of female athletic opponent and female athlete, respectively, and (5) athletes were slightly in favor of having girls participate on boys' interscholastic teams, while non-athletes were neutral in their position.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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