The Role of Aggression and Violence in Sport: A Rejoinder to the ISSP Position Stand

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This paper is intended as a response to the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) Position Stand on aggression and violence in sport (Tenenbaum, Stewart, Singer, & Duda, 1997). It challenges several arguments presented in the ISSP Position Stand. The current paper offers several counterarguments designed to clarify the real nature of aggression and violence in sport. It also suggests that the ISSP recommendations for dramatically reducing the incidence of aggression and violence in sport be radically revised and redrafted.

John H. Kerr is with the Institute of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8574, Japan.

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