The association between sports participation, alcohol use and aggression and violence: a systematic review

Sonderlund, Anders L., O'Brien, Kerry, Kremer, Peter, Rowland, Bosco, De Groot, Florentine, Staiger, Petra, Zinkiewicz, Lucy and Miller, Peter G. 2014, The association between sports participation, alcohol use and aggression and violence: a systematic review, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 2-7, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.03.011.

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Title The association between sports participation, alcohol use and aggression and violence: a systematic review
Author(s) Sonderlund, Anders L.
O'Brien, Kerry
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter
Rowland, BoscoORCID iD for Rowland, Bosco
De Groot, Florentine
Staiger, PetraORCID iD for Staiger, Petra
Zinkiewicz, LucyORCID iD for Zinkiewicz, Lucy
Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G.
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 2
End page 7
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier (Australia)
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) ethanol
Summary Objectives
To review the current research on alcohol-related violence and sports participation.

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were used to identify relevant studies for inclusion. A search of six databases (EBSCOhost) was conducted.

A total of 6890 studies was were identified in the initial search. Of these, 11 studies met the inclusion criteria. The majority of the studies were from the US (n = 10) and focused on collegiate athletes (n = 7), adolescents (n = 3), professional/former professional athletes (n = 1).

The reviewed research indicates higher rates of alcohol use and violence in athlete populations when compared against non-athlete populations. Masculinity, violent social identity and antisocial norms connected to certain sports stand out as potential factors that may impact the association between sport and violence in athlete populations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.03.011
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
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