Is there a basis for the notion of athletic identity?

Fraser, Lisa and Fogarty, Gerard J. and Albion, Majella J. (2008) Is there a basis for the notion of athletic identity? In: 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2008, 23-27 Sep 2008, Hobart, Australia.

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Abstract

Just as identity is a complex multidimensional construct, so 'athletic identity' is likely to consist of a constellation of attributes. The present study explored relations between athletic identity, as measured by the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS: Brewer, Raalte, & Linder, 1993) and aspects of self-concept, as measured by the Self-Description Questionnaire III (SDQ: Marsh, 1989). The participants in the study were 917 athletes (476 females) on sporting scholarships linked with the Australian Institute of Sport and were therefore a group for whom the term “athletic identity” has strong relevance. The SDQ requires respondents to rate the accuracy and importance of characteristics as selfdescriptors. No relationships were found between AIMS athletic identity and accuracy scores on SDQ sporting self-concept but there were gender-linked relationships between athletic identity and different aspects of SDQ academic self-concept. For the SDQ importance ratings, significant relationships were observed between athletic identity and sporting self-concept for both genders and also between athletic identity and verbal self-concept for females. We discuss what the findings mean for the notion of athletic identity.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This is an electronic version of an article published in Voudouris, Nicholas and Mrowinski, Vicky (Eds.) (2008). Proceedings of the 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society.
Depositing User: Prof. Gerry Fogarty
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 06:25
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletic identity
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3440

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