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The Incidence of Female Apologetic Behaviors in Modern Roller Derby Athletes

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dc.contributor.advisor Atwater, Christopher Cookson, Emily
dc.creator Cookson, Emily 2017-05-04 2017-12-21T20:22:13Z 2017-12-21T20:22:13Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8BD64
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the presence of apologetic behavior, and its motivations, within the population of adult, women’s roller derby athletes in the United States. Study of apologetic behavior can facilitate the creation of strategies to counter the stigmas and stereotypes responsible for it. This thesis examined the relationships between apologetic behaviors and demographic characteristics, as well as the stereotypes recognized by roller derby athletes. A modified, online version of the mixed methods Apologetic Behavior Questionnaire, originally created by Davis-Delano, Pollack, and Vose in 2009, was distributed to roller derby leagues in the U.S.A. Responses revealed that the same stereotypes and themes present in the sample of the original study were still expressed by the responding roller derby skaters. Contrary to the hypothesis of the author, the roller derby athletes engaged in more apologetic behavior than the pilot study. Similarities and differences between samples were evaluated and several significant relationships were analyzed. This study added to the data available about apologetic behavior within the field of women’s sports. Hopefully, this thesis can serve as a catalyst for self-evaluation and behavior changes by roller derby athletes while also encouraging further research into the sport of roller derby, gender theories, and apologetic behavior.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject apologetic behavior en_US
dc.subject female athletes en_US
dc.subject femininity en_US
dc.subject questionnaire en_US
dc.subject Roller Derby en_US
dc.subject stereotypes en_US
dc.title The Incidence of Female Apologetic Behaviors in Modern Roller Derby Athletes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Studies en_US Master's en_US Sport and Recreation Studies en_US George Mason University en_US

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