Author

Evan A. Davis

Date of Award

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

Richard Hsiao, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Elaine Blair, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Abstract

Being able to have a successful adaptation to college is crucial for a student’s success and retention. Social support and a sense of school belonging have been linked to successful adaptation which means that universities must seek ways to improve both of these in order to promote adaptation. Intercollegiate athletics has often been associated as a venue on campuses that provides students with the opportunities to develop new social connections and enhance their sense of belonging to the university through identification with their university athletic teams. Previous research has proposed that students who highly identify with a team are likely to experience improved psychological well-being which has been shown to be a predictor of successful college adaptation. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships among a student’s level of team identification, personal self-esteem, social adjustment, and emotional adjustment. Results from the study suggest that a student’s level of team identification is not related to their level of personal self-esteem or social adjustment. In addition, personal self-esteem was found to have a positive impact on a student’s social and emotional adjustment.

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