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Determinants of Social Physique Anxiety in Collegiate Female Athletes

Title: Determinants of Social Physique Anxiety in Collegiate Female Athletes.
Name(s): Cortese, Jessica, author
Eklund, Robert, professor directing thesis
Tenenbaum, Gershon, committee member
Eccles, David, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Concerns about self-presentation affect many athletes. Oftentimes, athletes who struggle to control the way they present themselves develop Social Physique Anxiety. Ample research has been completed providing evidence of negative outcomes associated with Social Physique Anxiety. These adverse consequences make it necessary to understand the particular environment in which social physique anxiety and self-presentational concerns are fostered with the goal of eliminating its source. Female collegiate volleyball players (n=156) participated in the study. Ages ranged from 18-23 years old. There were 8 respondents from Division I programs, 53 respondents from Division II programs, 91 respondents from Division III programs, and 5 respondents from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Each participant initially completed the trait portion of the Trait Anxiety Inventory to ensure equal trait anxiety across conditions. Participants were randomly assigned to the control condition, practice condition, intersquad scrimmage condition, or heavy spectator condition. Scores for social physique anxiety were collected using the Social Physique Anxiety Scale and scores for self-presentation concerns were collected using the Self-Presentation in Sport Questionnaire. Results indicated that there were no significant differences across conditions for self-presentation concerns, but that the intersquad scrimmage condition experienced significantly less physique anxiety than the control condition.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3369 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: March 7, 2008.
Keywords: Athletes, Social Physique Anxiety, Female
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Robert Eklund, Professor Directing Thesis; Gershon Tenenbaum, Committee Member; David Eccles, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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