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An examination of aggression levels among female rugby and non-rugby players

O'Carroll, Alannah (2020) An examination of aggression levels among female rugby and non-rugby players. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The prevalence of women’s rugby has grown rapidly in the past decade. Previous research indicates that increased levels of aggression are associated with high contact sports and high standards of competition within sport. The aims of this study were to compare aggression levels between female rugby players and non-rugby players, forwards and backs in rugby and higher and lower divisions in women’s competitive rugby within Ireland. The sample was two hundred and twenty-four women, rugby players (n= 101) and non-rugby players (n=123). The sample completed a survey containing the Aggression questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) to measure anger and hostility and the Aggressive urges and Behaviour scale (Scott, 2017) to measure physical and non-physical aggression. The results found no difference in aggression levels were found between any groups. The lack of difference in aggression levels between groups suggest rugby can be used as an outlet for women’s aggression. The implications of these findings consider rugby and sport in general as a healthy outlet for emotions. Further research should be conducted into examining the influence of sport on women’s emotions in Ireland.

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: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 09:16
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 09:16

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