“Mean Mugging”: An Exploration of Young Aboriginal Women’s Experiences of Bullying in Team Sports

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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Bullying among youth is rampant and research suggests that young Aboriginal women may be particularly susceptible to bullying.Sport participation has been identified as a possible mechanism to prevent bullying behaviors, yet few researchers have explored bullying within the context of sport. The purpose of this qualitative description study was to explore young Aboriginal women’s experiences of bullying in team sports. Eight young Aboriginal women participated in one-on-one semistructured interviews and follow-up phone interviews.Data were analyzed using a content analysis, and findings were represented by five themes: (1) mean mugging, (2) sport specific, (3) happens all the time, (4) team bonding to address bullying, and (5) prevention through active coaches. The detailed descriptions shared by participants provide insight into a broad range of bullying experiences and serve as a foundation for addressing the bullying that occurs in sport.

Jennifer L. Kentel and Tara-Leigh F. McHugh are with the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Tara-Leigh F. McHugh at tmchugh@ualberta.ca.
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