Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Kinesiology & Public Health Education
This study was designed to determine whether there were any significant differences in the sportsmanship attitudes of high school athletes as compared to their non-atbletic peers.
Johnson's (1969) "Sportsmanship Attitude Scale" (SA Scale) was administered to 621 boys enrolled in grades nine through twelve at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. The boys were divided into three major groups—Athle.tes, Non-Athletes, and No Sports—as determined by their experience in organized athletics. The Athletes group was further divided into ten sub-groups, according to the sports in which the subjects had participated.
It was found that the mean score of the Athletes group was significantly higher on the SA Scale than the mean scores of both the Non-Athletes and No Sports groups. The sub-groups of baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis and track all scored significantly higher on the SA Scale than the Non-Athletes and No Sports groups.
The data collected and analyzed in this study indicated that in this group of high school subjects, the athletes exhibited significantly higher sportsmanship values than their non-athletic peers.
Schodtler, Roy D., "A Comparison of the Sportsmanship Values of Athletes Versus Non-Athletes" (1972). Theses and Dissertations. 3404.