Term of Award

1997

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Charles Hardy

Committee Member 1

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Kevin L. Burke

Abstract

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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