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Author Cooper, Patrick
Title Gender, sports, and adjustment in preadolescent children
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Descript 34 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-05, page: 3201
Adviser: David G. Perry
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2010
The fact that 45% of boys and 32% of girls in the United States participate in youth sports suggests that sports participation might be an important influence on children's psychosocial development. This study explored: (1) how children's gender cognitions influence sports self-efficacy and (2) how sports self-efficacy influences children's psychosocial adjustment. Results suggest that for boys, felt pressure to conform to gender standards and the belief that sports is important for boys influence sports self-efficacy. In girls, both the belief that sports is important for girls and the belief that sports is important for boys predicted sports self-efficacy. Sports self-efficacy predicted benefits for girls adjustment (high self-esteem, higher body satisfaction, lower depression and lower anxiety) but both positive and negative outcomes for boys (higher narcissism, higher aggression, and lower depression and lower anxiety). The findings overall suggest that the correlates of sports self-efficacy are somewhat different for boys and for girls
School code: 0119
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-05
Subject Psychology, Social
Psychology, Developmental
Gender Studies
Alt Author Florida Atlantic University
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