Term of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Charles Hardy

Committee Member 1

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Kevin L. Burke


This study focused upon an examination of values measured by the Life Values Inventory (LVI) (Grace & Brown, 1995) among collegiate athletes. The participants were 275 nonathletes and student-athletes enrolled in a southeastern university. The non-athlete sample contained students enrolled in physical activity classes, while all student-athletes were members of an intercollegiate athletic team. The participants completed the questionnaires: The Personal Statement Questionnaire and the LVI. The data analysis was performed in three phases: (1) descriptive statistics, (2) principal factor analysis with both orthogonal and oblique rotation, and (3) independent t-tests. The descriptive analysis depicted low means and standard deviations for the values of Concern for Others, Humility, and Scientific Understanding. The PFA results led to the construction of a new model with twelve life values. Finally, the independent t-tests revealed a difference on the Health and Activity value between athletes and non-athletes, and no significant differences were found within the athletic population on the race, gender, and type of sport variables.


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