Event Title

Life After Division III Sports: The Relationship Between Athletic Identity and Well-Being for Retired Athletes

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

At a school with 30% of the population playing varsity sports, athletic identity is a major aspect of student life on campus. However, there comes a time in every athletes career when they must retire for one reason or another. Our participants are Colby athletes who have retired for a variety of reasons. We are interested in examining if the loss of one part of the participants identity, in this case athletic identity, is related to their level of well-being. We are also interested in whether a persons level of self-complexity plays a significant role in that relationship. We hypothesize that there is a relationship between a persons self-complexity and how strongly their athletic identity is with their feeling about retirement and well-being. More specifically, we predict that the more important an individuals athletic identity is, the greater impact there will be on their well-being after retirement.

Faculty Sponsor

Tarja Raag

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

280

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Life After Division III Sports: The Relationship Between Athletic Identity and Well-Being for Retired Athletes

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

At a school with 30% of the population playing varsity sports, athletic identity is a major aspect of student life on campus. However, there comes a time in every athletes career when they must retire for one reason or another. Our participants are Colby athletes who have retired for a variety of reasons. We are interested in examining if the loss of one part of the participants identity, in this case athletic identity, is related to their level of well-being. We are also interested in whether a persons level of self-complexity plays a significant role in that relationship. We hypothesize that there is a relationship between a persons self-complexity and how strongly their athletic identity is with their feeling about retirement and well-being. More specifically, we predict that the more important an individuals athletic identity is, the greater impact there will be on their well-being after retirement.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/398