Religiosity of Elite College Athletes

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  • 1 Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • | 2 University of Florida
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This study was a pilot examination of the religiousness of student athletes as compared to nonathletes. Participants were 248 undergraduate students (84 athletes) at the University of Florida who were enrolled in randomly chosen courses within the Department of Counselor Education. To assess the organizational, nonorganizational, and intrinsic dimensions of religion, the Duke Religion Index was used. Findings indicate that male and female athletes reported higher degrees of organizational, nonorganizational, and intrinsic religiousness than male nonathletes. Implications of these Findings on future research and applied sport practice are discussed.

Eric A. Storch, Andrea R. Kolsky, and Susan M. Silvestri are with the Department of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 57, 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 12019. E-mail: <EAS77@COLUMBIA.EDU>. Jason B. Storch is with the Department of Education and Leadership at the University of Florida.

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