The research described in this paper was conducted as part of the first author's work for her doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by the second author.
Involvement in Sport and Intention to Consume Alcohol: An Exploratory Study of UK Adolescents1
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 9, pages 2284–2311, September 2011
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DAVIES, F. M. and FOXALL, G. R. (2011), Involvement in Sport and Intention to Consume Alcohol: An Exploratory Study of UK Adolescents. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 2284–2311. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00806.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
We tested the hypothesis that school “athletes” and “non-athletes” differ in intentions to consume alcohol and get drunk, attitudes toward alcohol, and perceptions of subjective norms. We also investigated, using the theory of reasoned action, whether athletic involvement is a factor in predicting alcohol-related intentions. Data were obtained from students in a stratified sample of schools in a major Welsh city. Male athletes were significantly more likely than male non-athletes to intend to get drunk and to believe friends would approve of their alcohol consumption. For males, sporting involvement was a significant predictor of likelihood of getting drunk. In contrast, female athletes showed significantly more negative attitudes than did female non-athletes toward drinking alcohol. Differences in intentions were nonsignificant.