Sport and Social Status for Adolescent Males and Females

Click name to view affiliation

Joel Thirer Southern Illinois University

Search for other papers by Joel Thirer in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
and
Stephen D. Wright Southern Illinois University

Search for other papers by Stephen D. Wright in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

The purpose of this study was to examine the social status criteria for male and female adolescents in the mid-1980s and to compare these results with those of Eitzen (1976) and Coleman (1961a, 1961b). It was further intended to transcend these previous studies by examining the criteria by which male and female adolescents ascribed social status for females relative to being an athlete. The results indicated that the trend toward deemphasizing the importance of athletics as a status symbol for male adolescents, which appeared in Eitzen’s research, was not supported. Being an athlete was still the foremost criteria for male popularity when judged by both male and female adolescents. This is similar to the pattern reported by Coleman (1961a, 1961b) in his research of males judging males. For females, being an athlete was ascribed fairly low social status when judged by both male and female adolescents. This indicates that at the time of the present study, even with the impact of Title IX legislation, athletic performance is still not a valued attribute for female adolescents in the eyes of male and female peers.

Direct all correspondence to Joel Thirer, Dept. of Physical Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901.
  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1780 163 20
Full Text Views 86 15 1
PDF Downloads 84 19 1