Interscholastic Athletic Participation and Delinquent Behavior: An Empirical Assessment of Relevant Variables

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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  • 1 Skidmore College
  • 2 Texas Christian University
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Although several studies have reported a negative association between interscholastic athletic participation and delinquent behavior, research has failed to take account of the social psychological processes underlying the relationship. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to analyze the dynamic processes underlying the relationship between participation in interscholastic athletics and delinquent behavior. The study evaluated the relative contribution of 12 socio-psychological variables in the etiology of delinquent behavior among male and female athletes and nonathletes. Of the total sample of 1,693 high school students, 788 (442 males and 346 females) were classified as athletes. Overall, the results indicated that a similar pattern persists in the etiology of delinquent behavior among male and female athletes and nonathletes. Several differences were also found in the etiology of delinquent behavior among male athletes and nonathletes, female athletes and nonathletes, and male and female athletes.

Address all correspondence to: Dr. Jeffrey O. Segrave, Department of Physical Education & Dance, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12860.
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