Term of Award

Summer 2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Gavin Colquitt

Committee Member 1

Jonathan Metzler

Committee Member 2

Sarah Carson

Committee Member 3

Barry Joyner

Abstract

Hazing in sport has recently received national attention from the media as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Van Raalte, Cornelius, Linder, & Brewer, 2007), as hazing behaviors are prevalent within the sport community (Alfred University, 1999; Allan & Madden, 2008). While the attitudes and beliefs of student-athletes towards hazing behaviors have been examined (Campo, Poulos, & Sipple, 2005), coaches' perceptions of the phenomenon have been yet to be examined. As no scale currently exists to measure coaches' perceived legitimacy of hazing behaviors (PLHB) in sport, the study focused on the creation and validation of such an instrument for Division I, II, and III intercollegiate coaches. The PLHB scale underwent content validation through expert review and criterion and discriminant validation through the inclusion of a demographic questionnaire, the Defining Issues Test -2 (Rest, Narvaez, Thoma, & Bebeau, 1999), the Social Desirability Scale - Short Form (Strahan & Gerbasi, 1972).

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