Comparing Commitment to Sport and Religion at a Christian College

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Timothy Jon Curry The Ohio State University

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This research replicates a previous study that examined key components of Stryker’s identity theory as applied to the sport role. In addition, while the previous study examined components of the sport role just for male students at a large state university, this study includes 149 female and 199 male students at a small college and tests the model on both the sport and the religious identities. The instrument used is the Sport Identities Index. We find that the salience of sport is significantly different for males and females, while religious salience is not. We find further that both males and females show similar patterns of association between commitment, salience, role performance satisfaction, and time spent in role for sports. The relationships are not as consistent for religion. Implications of these findings suggest further refinements are needed in measuring and conceptualizing identity under conditions of high salience.

Direct all correspondence to Tim Curry, 375D Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Mall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210.
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