An Investigation into the Relationship between Ice Hockey Participation and Delinquency

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between participation in minor league Canadian ice hockey and delinquency. Specifically, the study sought to compare the extent of delinquency among ice hockey players and nonathletes, and to examine the relationship between ice hockey participation and delinquency on the basis of a group of sociopsychological variables. The sample of ice hockey players was taken from the Montreal midget minor ice hockey league (15 to 16 years of age) and was further subdivided into local, inter-city, and provincial players. Delinquency was classified by type of offense, namely drugs, theft, physical violence, and vandalism. Data were obtained from anonymous, self-report questionnaires. The results indicated no significant difference in total delinquency between ice hockey players and nonathletes. However, when delinquency was categorized by type, ice hockey players reported more delinquency of a physically violent nature than nonathletes. The results also showed a differential association between a variety of sociopsychological variables and delinquency among ice hockey players and nonathletes

This study was made possible by a research grant from Skidmore College. Paper presented at 99th Annual Convention of the AAHPERD, Anaheim, April 1984.

Direct all correspondence to Jeffrey Segrave, Dept. of Physical Education, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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