Faculty Publications

Title

Justifications of aggressive behavior in contact and semicontact sports

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume

29

Issue

3

First Page

597

Last Page

605

Abstract

The present study examines the extent to which athletes in selected contact and semicontact sports report agreement or disagreement with the use of intentional acts of aggression during competition. Eighty-five male athletes responded to the Bredemeier Athletic Aggression Inventory-Short Form and the Mintah Huddleston Aggression Justification Inventory. Overall results revealed no significant differences between subjects' use of hostile and instrumental aggression in sport and between the hostile and instrumental justifications provided for such behavior. Results indicated that contact-sport participants disagree more with the use of instrumental aggression than semicontact-sport participants.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1999

DOI of published version

10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb01403.x

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