The Impact of Gender Role Conflict on the Quality of Life in Female Athletes

By Rachel Daltry.

Published by The Sport Collection

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This study assessed whether female athletes’ quality of life varies as a function of their gender role conflict and if one’s ability to tolerate distress moderates this function. Also, this study sought to determine why female athletes experience conflict and the psychological processes they use to manage these potentially conflicting roles. A total of 207 female collegiate athletes provided measures of masculinity/femininity, athletic identity, gender role conflict, distress tolerance, quality of athletic life, and responded to open-ended questions assessing their perceptions of stereotypes about female athletes. Results found that several measured variables impact a female athlete’s experience of gender role conflict, and found that distress tolerance does not moderate the relationship between one’s quality of athletic life and gender role conflict.

Keywords: Female Athletes, Gender Role Conflict, Distress Tolerance, Stereotypes

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.49-65. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 475.065KB).

Dr. Rachel Daltry

Psychologist, Department of Counseling and Psychologist Services, West Chester University, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Rachel Daltry studied research and experimental psychology at Saint Joseph's University, where she received her B.S. and M.S. She then continued her education at La Salle University to study clinical psychology, where she received her M.A. and Psy.D. She completed her predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development in Newark, Delaware. From there, Dr. Daltry accepted a Psychologist position at the counseling center at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Daltry’s professional interests include working with athletes—particularly student-athletes and athletic departments on a university campus setting. She also has interest in treating anxiety disorders and group psychotherapy. Dr. Daltry has experience using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for both individual and group therapy clients. She enjoys working with college-aged students and working in a university setting—conducting individual and group therapy, along with outreach and consultation with students, faculty, and staff.