The role of athlete as contributor to social status in school age and adolescent females
Lindstrom, William A
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This study sought to describe the relation between athletic participation and social status for females through two methods: a historical review and an empirical study. Within the historical review, the research addressing females, athletics, and social status was traced from the seminal works of the 1960’s to the current status of social perception. Within the empirical study, the relation between athletic ability and social status for females was analyzed using peer nomination methods in an elementary school sample. To a moderate degree, social status for girls was related to peer-rated athletic skills. Further analyses revealed that girls perceived a stronger relation between athletic ability and social status than boys. Based on evidence provided in the historical review and empirical study, it was argued that the relation is increasing, and athletic ability is becoming a more significant predictor of social status in females.