Committee Chair

Black, Kristin J.

Committee Member

Zelin, Alexandra; O'Leary, Brian J.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

When individuals perceive the relationship between what they put into an exchange relationship to be unequal to the outcomes they receive, they are said to be in a state of inequity. This perceived lack of fairness is often referred to as injustice and can have negative effects on the individual and team. Currently, there have been few theory-based approaches to exploring perceptions of injustice within an athletic context. In the present study, online surveys were completed by 78 student-athletes at regional universities to identify the specific types of injustice they perceived, the behavioral and cognitive responses to those perceptions, and the individual and team-related outcomes. Correlational and multiple regression analyses discovered that athletes experienced all forms of injustice, especially procedural, and were most likely to respond to those perceptions cognitively. When athletes did choose to respond behaviorally, this sample demonstrated negative effects to individual psychological health and social team cohesion.

Degree

M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.

Date

5-2020

Subject

College athletes -- Attitudes; Justice -- Psychological aspects; Social perceptions

Keyword

athletes; college; injustice; psychological wellbeing; team cohesion

Document Type

Masters theses

DCMI Type

Text

Extent

ix, 86 leaves.

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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