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Sex Roles

, Volume 20, Issue 7–8, pp 397–412 | Cite as

Hugs or shrugs: Parental and peer influence on continuity of involvement in sport by female adolescents

  • Barbara A. Brown
  • B. Gail Frankel
  • Marilyn P. Fennell
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Abstract

The study was designed to examine the influence of significant others (mothers, fathers, and male and female peers) on continuing involvement in sport by adolescent females. Survey data were collected from 376 girls using a forced-choice, self-administered questionnaire. Maintenance of involvement was measured by the proportion of possible years in which the respondents were involved in physical activity within each of three participation contexts (intramural, interschool, and community sport). Several indicators of significant other influence were used. The degree to which involvement in physical activity is maintained is positively related to the source, amount and type of influence received from significant others, and varied by the participation context. Overall, the socializing influence of significant others was able to account for 11% of the variance in intramural activity, 20% of the variance in interschool sport, and 10% of the variance in community-based activity.

Keywords

Physical Activity Social Psychology Survey Data Adolescent Female Female Peer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara A. Brown
    • 1
  • B. Gail Frankel
    • 1
  • Marilyn P. Fennell
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Physical EducationThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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