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