Date of Graduation

Fall 2021

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Brooke Whisenhunt

Keywords

athletes, body image, females, high school, college

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology | Health Psychology

Abstract

This study examined body image among female high school athletes and college athletes across different sports. Athletes participating in track and field, tennis, cross country, dance, cheer, softball, golf, basketball, soccer, and volleyball completed self-report questionnaires assessing various components of body image including the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ), Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearances Questionnaire (SATAQ-4), and an edited version of the CHEER Survey. Responses on the questionnaires were analyzed to evaluate differences between high school and college athletes. No differences were found between high school and college athletes on measures of shape/weight concerns, sociocultural pressures for thinness, or internalization of the thin ideal. However, college female athletes reported that they experience more weight-related pressures from their sport.

Copyright

© Mercedes A. Robinson

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