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The construction of the adolescent male body through sport

Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita and Ridge, Damien 2006, The construction of the adolescent male body through sport, Journal of health psychology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 577-587, doi: 10.1177/1359105306065018.

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Title The construction of the adolescent male body through sport
Author(s) Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Ridge, Damien
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 577
End page 587
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1359-1053
Summary The present study examined the role played by sport in understanding adolescent males' views about their body. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 40 adolescent boys aged between 15 and 17 years. An inductive thematic analysis of boys' narratives showed that sport provided adolescent males with a context for discussing their body image. Attributes which males liked about their body were synonymous with those associated with being successful at sport. In addition, sport was used as a forum for competing with other males both through playing sport and by using sport performance to make favourable social comparisons about their body size.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105306065018
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
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Collection: School of Psychology
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