Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 379–400 | Cite as

Gender differences associated with playing high school varsity soccer

  • Kathryn M. Borman
  • Lawrence A. Kurdek


Despite the increased participation of girls in competitive high school athletics, it is unclear that play on sports teams holds the same meaning for adolescent boys and girls. This study investigated school, grade, (freshman and sophomore vs junior and senior), and gender differences associated with a range of factors related to participation in high school varsity soccer play among 65 students attending two high schools, one emphasizing achievement, the other emphasizing competitive involvement in athletics, including soccer. Also of interest was the relationship between both soccer involvement and soccer knowledge and school climate, empathy, occupational interest, and perceived parent behavior. Because gender differences were found in comparative and correlational analysis, it is concluded that play on varsity soccer teams holds different meanings and values for adolescent boys and girls.


High School Gender Difference Correlational Analysis Health Psychology School Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn M. Borman
    • 1
  • Lawrence A. Kurdek
    • 2
  1. 1.The College of EducationUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnati
  2. 2.Wright State UniversityDayton

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