Examining Sport Team Identification, Social Connections, and Social Well-being among High School Students

Authors

  • Daniel L. Wann Murray State University
  • Paula J. Waddill
  • Matthew Brasher
  • Sagan Ladd

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v0i0.4931

Keywords:

team identification, social connections, high school sport

Abstract

Past research has found that sport team identification is positively correlated with social psychological health (Phua, 2012; Wann & Weaver, 2009) including work testing adolescent fans (Wann, Brasher, Thomas, & Scheuchner, in press).  The current study was designed to extend previous investigations by examining the relationship between team identification and the establishment and maintenance of social connections.  Data from 177 high school students confirmed expectations as identification with a high school football team was positively correlated with both social well-being and social connections.  However, social connections were not found to mediate the relationship between identification and well-being, contrary to the team identification – social psychological health model (Wann, 2006b).

Author Biography

Daniel L. Wann, Murray State University

Professor of Psychology

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2015-11-14

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Wann, D. L., Waddill, P. J., Brasher, M., & Ladd, S. (2015). Examining Sport Team Identification, Social Connections, and Social Well-being among High School Students. Journal of Amateur Sport, 1(2), 27–50. https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v0i0.4931

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