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A Qualitative Study Investigating the Psychological Impacts of Catcalling on Women Athletes

Fox, Gemma Theresa (2023) A Qualitative Study Investigating the Psychological Impacts of Catcalling on Women Athletes. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Background and Aims: Catcalling is commonly viewed as harmless, acceptable and a normal part of women’s everyday life. Previous research has investigated the impact of catcalling on women’s mental health, but there is limited research which focuses on the impacts of catcalling on women athletes. For this reason, the aim of this study is to investigate the psychological impacts of catcalling on women athletes.

Method: Participants were recruited through convenience sampling when informative Facebook posts were published containing details of the study and individuals were asked to contact the researcher if they might be interested in participating. Semi-structed interviews were conducted with 7 participants. During these interviews, participants were asked questions which related to their past experiences of catcalling and how they felt about these experiences. Data gathered from these interviews was analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six phases of thematic analysis.

Results: The use of thematic analysis allowed for the researcher to identify five themes: (a) Strategies for Avoiding Catcalling, (b) Self-blame, (c) Intimidation, (d) Frustration and (e) Objectification.

Conclusions: It is evident that there are negative psychological impacts on women athletes due to the regular catcalling they experience.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Farrell, Lynn
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminology > Crimes and Offences > Harassment > Sexual harassment
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 11:33
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 11:33

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