Term of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Department

Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Megan Byrd

Committee Member 1

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 2

Jenna Tomalski

Abstract

Research has revealed that attire has an influence on one’s self-perceptions, self and socially prescribed adjective traits and behavior (Adam & Galinsky, 2012; Lubker et. al, 2008; Peluchette & Karl, 2007). The present study aims to explore the influence of attire on perceptions, attitudes, and experiences of SEPP (Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) practitioners during their applied work. Specifically, these factors were investigated through various demographic lenses such as gender, experience level, and age in order to describe the population. SEPP graduate students (n = 49) and early career professionals (n = 82) were asked to participate in a questionnaire, based on previous research, that was created by the author for this specific study to assess the above variables. The study is exploratory and descriptive in nature. Results revealed that participants' view of their attire was important in influencing their self and social perceptions. Specifically, attire influenced how professional, confident, and approachable participants felt. Participants agreed that the way they look is important to them and that dressing like their clients and colleagues helps them fit in. Open-ended question responses revealed the implications of attire on the experiences of SEPP practitioners during their applied work.

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