Is women's athletic participation related to identity development and differential life plans? Using a sample of 59 predominantly white, college women (26 Division III athletes and 33 nonathletes), we examined whether women higher in identity achievement would describe more mature life plans, ones with greater complexity and stronger commitment to life goals. Results indicated that athletic participation moderated the relationship between identity achievement and life plan maturity. While identity achievement was positively associated with life plan commitment for athletes, identity achievement and life plan complexity were significantly correlated for nonathletes. Implications for counseling young women around these issues are discussed.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 16, 2004
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