Becoming part of the team: Female student athletes’ engagement in initiation activities

Lafferty, Moira and Wakefield, Caroline (2017) Becoming part of the team: Female student athletes’ engagement in initiation activities. The Sport Psychologist. ISSN 0888-4781 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

The aim of the present research was to explore female student athletes’ participation in initiation activities specifically to examining whether activities in the United Kingdom followed similar trends to those reported elsewhere. A sample of eight female athletes, representing both traditional and non-traditional team and individual sports (M age = 20 years 3 months, SD = 1 year 3 months) who met inclusion criteria of having taken part in an initiation ceremony consented to participate in a semi structured interview. Thematic content analysis resulted in the emergence of six higher order themes represented by two general dimensions, the initiation event and initiation outcomes. Findings indicated that female student athletes’ initiation activities encompassed discrete stages as they moved from team newcomer to accepted team member. Of particular concern is the direct and indirect role of alcohol within these events and the health and behavioural risks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2017, (in press). © Human Kinetics Inc.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline Wakefield
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 09:30
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2246

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