The Academic All-American as Vaunted Adolescent Role-Identity

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Timothy J.L. Chandler Syracuse University

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The purpose of this study was to assess the perceived importance (salience) of the role-identity of scholar-athlete to high school students. A total of 1,255 students responded to a questionnaire entitled “A Survey of School Climates.” Males perceived obtaining high grades and achieving athletic success—the academic All-American—as most important, while females perceived getting high grades and being a member of the leading group as their most salient role-identities. The results of this study also suggest several potential sources for adolescent role conflict as well as a research methodology for examining the relationship between the adolescent value structure and indices of academic achievement, personal development, and psychological stress.

Timothy Chandler is with the Department of Health & Physical Education, Syracuse University, 820 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-5040. Alan Goldberg is with the Department of Counseling and Guidance.

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