The Impact of Sports Participation on Violence and Victimization among Rural Minority Adolescent Girls

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
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  • 1 University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • 2 The Children's Hospital, (Denver, CO)
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The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of sports participation and race/ethnicity on violence and victimization among a sample of white, African American, and Hispanic rural-area high school girls. It was hypothesized that girls who participated in sports would report lower rates of violent behavior and fewer incidents of victimization. Using logistic regression and multivariate analysis of variance, evidence for the hypotheses was mixed and appeared to be related to the type of violence and victimization. Sports participants were less likely to engage in general violence and reported less physical and sexual victimization, but did not experience less intimate partner violence victimization. Conversely, sports participants were more likely to engage in verbal and physical reactive violence. While sports participation may have some preventative impact on violence and victimization, this relationship may also be influenced by community characteristics and not a universal outcome.

Matthew J. Taylor, Ph.D. Department of Psychology University of Missouri-St. Louis 325 Stadler Hall One University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121 E-mail: Phone: (314) 516-5409