Are there Personality Differences between Athletes and Non-Athletes?

By Nikki A. Rudy and Susan E. Mason.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Aggression has been studied across a variety of factors including gender, competition level, team versus individual sports, and contact versus non-contact sports. This study extends previous research by examining aggression and other personality characteristics in male and female athletes and non-athletes. The Buss Perry Aggression Questionnaire was used to measure levels of aggression, while the Big Five Personality Inventory was used to assess different dimensions of personality. As hypothesized, men showed higher rates of aggression when compared to women, while women showed higher rates of neuroticism when compared to men. There were no significant differences found between athletes and non-athletes. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords: College Athletes, Personality, Aggression, Gender

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.894KB).

Nikki A. Rudy

Alumna, Department of Psychology, Niagara University, Lewisburg, NY, USA

Dr. Susan E. Mason

Professor, Department of Psychology, Niagara University, Lewisburg, NY, USA

Dr. Susan Mason holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is currently a professor of psychology and director of the Gerontology Center at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, USA.