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To investigate whether there is an association between participating in a contact sport such as boxing and levels of aggression

O'Hagan, Ryan (2015) To investigate whether there is an association between participating in a contact sport such as boxing and levels of aggression. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aggression and aggressive behaviour is defined as behaviour with the intent of harming another person either physically or psychologically either with provocation or without. In recent years there seems to be a growing opinion that aggressive behaviour and violence is increasing in today’s society. Aggression and violence are closely related with violence often considered an expression of dysfunctional behaviour. Research investigating a link between gender and aggression has found a difference in levels of aggression in males and females; males have been identified as more physically aggressive than females. There is something animalistic about humans drive and competiveness to succeed in a sporting event. Violence and aggression invade cultures all around the world and sport is no different. Personality traits are what define each and every person’s character and therefore this impacts on how they behave, certain personality traits influence aggressive behaviour. The sample included 60 participants divided into two groups, boxing and other sport. The measures used to conduct the study were the Buss & Perry Aggression Questionnaires (AQ) and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaires-Revised (EPQ-R). A quantitative research design was used in to conduct the current study. The independent variable is competitive sport and exercise. The dependant variables are aggression levels and personality traits. A number of limitations were age, gender and self-report questionnaire method of data collection. The main findings in the study were aggression levels are higher in boxers and there was a statistically significant correlation between physical aggression and psychoticism in the group of other sport participants.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ni Mhaicin
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 11:29

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