Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Development and Family Studies (Family Studies)
The relationship between participation in college contact sports, gender role identity, avoidance of communication about controversial issues, and verbal abuse in dating relationships was examined. Participants were 144 male athletes involved in university-supported athletic programs who were given self-report questionnaires. Hierarchical regression analyses showed verbal abuse perpetrated by college athletes on their dating partners to be associated with higher levels of physical contact in sports, and lower levels of femininity. No relationship was found between either masculinity or communication avoidance and verbal violence. In conclusion, verbal abuse is more likely to occur in the dating relationships of athletes involved in contact sports than in the relationships of athletes involved in non-contact sports, especially athletes who have low feminine gender role identity.
Francine Marie José Saldaña Ybarra-Rojas
Ybarra-Rojas, Francine Marie José Saldaña, "Verbal abuse in dating relationships of college athletes involved in contact and non-contact sports" (2003). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 20096.