Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Female College Student-Athletes: Lived Social and Emotional Experiences during the First Year of College
by Stubbs, Sandra G., Psy.D., Capella University, 2020, 133; 27738599
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological research study was to explore the social and emotional experiences of female student-athletes during their first year of college. A purposeful sampling of the female student-athlete population at 4-year colleges in the mid-western United States led to 12 participants who answered open-ended interview questions about their academic, athletic, social, emotional, and related personal experiences during their first year of college. Four major themes emerged from the analysis of the recorded and transcribed data, each with several subthemes, discussed in-depth and compared to previous research findings. The first major theme pertained to transitional experiences revolving around the selection of college programs. Subthemes included perceived suitability of choices, regrets, college selection-based school, and career interests rather than sports, and perceptions that better high school preparation could lead to smoother transitions and more success in college. The second theme revolved around social adjustments related to teams, housing, and community. Subthemes included social experiences, team bonding and relationships, and social connections outside of sports. The third theme pertained to high-performance expectations and personal standards for female collegiate athletes. Subthemes encompassed leadership development and pressures of high athletic, academic, and personal standards. The fourth theme was time management and resource utilization during transitions. Subthemes included the types of support participants felt were important, but not optimally accessed or consistently utilized, and time management as a critical skill developed and refined during the first year of college. This research led to a broader understanding of the meaning of first-year college experiences to female student-athletes. Conclusions drawn from the study led to recommendations for leaders and suggestions for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McHugh, Caitlin, Shana, Pack
Commitee: Crawford, Theresa, Sampson, Lana Riggins, Cameron, William
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Basketball, College, Phenomenological, Retention, Sports, Women
Publication Number: 27738599
ISBN: 9781392564646
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