Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The present study was carried out to see if a possible relationship exists between the type of sport in which an individual chooses to participate (team contact, team non-contact, individual contact, and individual non-contact) and a combination of the personality and aggressive traits of the individual. Previous research concerning the relationship between personality traits and sport selection has been inconclusive. As a result of these conflicting results, Sage (1972, in Fisher, 1976) suggested the use of combinations of personality variables to look at sport selection. One hundred male students from Fort Hays State University completed five questionnaires: The Howarth Personality Questionnaire (to measure general personality traits), the Buss-Durkee Inventory (to measure aggressive traits-both specific and general), the Sports Scales (developed by Dorcus Butt to measure sports motivation), Kenyon's Attitudes Toward Physical Activity, and an Athletic Participation Survey (designed to inquire as to individual sport preference). Numerous analyses were run to see if significant relationships exist between sport selection and the combination of aggressive and other general personality traits. No significant relationships were found in these analyses. Significant differences were found, however, when relating the amount of time (in hours) which an individual participates in sports per week with the sports motivation of the individual. The amount of weekly sport participation was found to be related to the conflict dimension of the Sports Scales. In addition, hourly participation was found to be significantly related to the ascetic dimension of Kenyon's scale of Attitudes Toward Physical Activity.


Robert Markley

Date of Award

Summer 1982

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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