U.S. NCAA Division i female student-athletes' perceptions of an empowerment and social responsibility program

Alicia H. Malnati, Leslee A. Fisher, Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, Leslie K. Larsen, Matthew P. Bejar, Johannes J. Raabe, Jamie M. Fynes

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Abstract

Because alcohol abuse and sexual violence are particularly prevalent on college campuses (Coker et al., 2011), empowering female student-athletes is a vital pursuit for intercollegiate athletics (Gill, 2008; Cattaneo and Chapman, 2010). Using consensual qualitative research (Hill et al., 1997, 2005), we interviewed eight Division I female student-athletes who participated in an empowerment program about their experiences. Five domains were revealed: (a) perception of psychological empowerment, (b) perception of social empowerment, (c) perception of physical empowerment, (d) perception of biggest "takeaways," and (e) experience of program. Findings illustrated the importance of empowering female student-athletes to believe in themselves, to act upon those beliefs, and to build community around those beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-54
Number of pages15
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

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Malnati, A. H., Fisher, L. A., Zakrajsek, R. A., Larsen, L. K., Bejar, M. P., Raabe, J. J., & Fynes, J. M. (2016). U.S. NCAA Division i female student-athletes' perceptions of an empowerment and social responsibility program. Sport Psychologist, 30(1), 40-54. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2014-0165