The body images of female athletes
Murchington, Jemma Juliet
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
MetadataShow full item record
This study seeks to investigate the relationship between female body image and the type of sport participated in. The subjects range on a continuum of performers involved in predominantly masculine sports through to ultra feminine sports. The data was gathered using qualitative methods, specifically semi-structured interviews. The way women view their body and the associated issues regarding the socialisation process and femininity are of great interest to research, when these aspects are synthesized a greater understanding on the pressures female athletes are susceptible to is apparent. Within this research three combining factors were discussed in detail, how individuals in society are socialised into gender expectations, understanding and defining body image, and how it is used by the media, and finally how individual sports and their gender appropriateness are classified. The research looks into detail at how the participants feel they are viewed by those external to the sporting world and then discuss what affect this has on the way they view their personal body image. Included within this are discussions on discrimination received and why this varies dependant on sport type. The results suggest the particular sport participated in does have an effect on self confidence and body image, with subjects in predominantly male sports receiving derogatory implications concerning their sexuality. This in turn has impacted on their personal body image. Further analysis on the implications of such findings are also discussed
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Boston, Nakysha (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2013)According to Skinner and Rukavina (2003) sponsorship can be referred to as a movement where buyers and sellers form a relationship amongst themselves so that both benefit. Since the year 2000, sports sponsorship has risen ...
A comparison of confidence in team and individual athletes during the injury rehabilitation process Frowen, Sam (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014)The aim of the current study was to investigate the difference in self-confidence levels between team and individual sports athletes following injury. Secondly, to find out if any differences in the sources confidence ...
A quantitative study of factors effecting consumer loyalty of undergraduate students based on the purchasing of sports supplementation Matthews, James (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2015)The purpose of the present study was to assess the factors affecting undergraduate’s levels of brand loyalty in relation to sports supplementation. Furthermore the study aimed to explore the differences between sports ...