‘We do it for the team’ - Student athletes’ initiation practices and their impact on group cohesion.

Lafferty, Moira and Wakefield, Caroline and Fountain, Hollie (2015) ‘We do it for the team’ - Student athletes’ initiation practices and their impact on group cohesion. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 1612-197X

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Hazing, or inappropriate initiation activities, are a well-documented occurrence within university sport team societies. This study examined the occurrence of initiation activities in relation to team cohesion.  154 participants completed the Group Environment Questionnaire and the Team Cohesion Questionnaire in relation to initiation activities at their institution. Results revealed that athletes were more aware of appropriate than inappropriate initiation activities, with males being aware of a higher occurrence of inappropriate activities than females. Results were also analysed by sport type, revealing that interactive team sport players recorded higher hazing scores than co-acting players. With regard to cohesion, no significant relationship was found between hazing and cohesion suggesting the notion that initiations enhance cohesion in sport is untrue.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2016, [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1612197X.2015.1121507
Keywords: "hazing initiation team sports rites of passage cohesion"
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Foxton
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2016 15:41
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/826

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