Year Published: 2001

Authors: Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., Allison J. Tracy, Ph.D.

This working paper uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health on Caucasian and African American girls and boys to test two hypotheses: (1) School attachment and a sense of physical well-being mediate the relationship between sports participation and self-esteem and (2) There are gender and race differences in the processes through which school attachment and physical well-being mediate the relationship between sports participation and self-esteem. Both hypotheses were confirmed by the data.

Project: Sports as Protective of Girls' High-Risk Sexual Behavior

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