Developmental Effects of Athletic Participation among High School Girls

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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  • 1 SUNY, College at Brockport
  • 2 D’Youville College
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This study examined the impact of athletic participation on the academic, social, and social–psychological development of high school girls. A panel design and multistage sampling were used to assess the effect of athletic participation on perceived popularity, sex-role attitudes, psychological well-being, sociability, delinquency, academic achievement, educational aspiration, and extracurricular involvement. Data were obtained from transcript records and survey questionnaires administered during the subjects’ sophomore (1980) and senior (1982) years. Multiple regression analysis revealed that athletic participation was strongly related to extracurricular involvement, modestly related to perceived popularity, but only slightly related to delinquency and educational aspiration. Athletic participation was not related to psychological well-being or sex-role attitudes.

This research was funded in part through Grant No. SES-8310687 from the National Science Foundation.

Direct all correspondence to Merrill J. Melnick, Department of Physical Education and Sport, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420.
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