Bailee Snow

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Honors Thesis


The long-accepted personality differences between athletes and non-athletes were researched and discussed in this paper. In the field of kinesiology, athletes are often held to different standards due to assumed prenotions of their nature. Using purposeful stratified sampling, classes containing new Kinesiology majors were surveyed to include the potential athlete subjects as well as classes that were unlikely to include Kinesiology majors to represent the non-athletes in the subject pool. Applying the “Big 5 Personality Test,” which measures levels of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism by self-survey, it was found that athletes score similarly to non-athletes. Athletes had slightly higher, but not significant, levels of extroversion. However, they scored similarly in openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism when compared to non-athletes. Therefore, athletes should not be held to a particular distinction compared to their student-peers at the University of Texas at Arlington. Overall, athletes and non-athletes do not have differing personality characteristics.

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