Differences in adolescent relationship abuse perpetration and gender-inequitable attitudes by sport among male high school athletes.
Differences in adolescent relationship abuse perpetration and gender-inequitable attitudes by sport among male high school athletes. McCauley HL, Jaime MC, Tancredi DJ, Silverman JG, Decker MR, Austin SB, Jones K, Miller E. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun;54(6):742-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.01.001.
Link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24582876
School-based athletic programs remain an important context for violence prevention efforts although a better understanding of how gender attitudes and abuse perpetration differ among athletes is needed.
We analyzed baseline survey data from the “Coaching Boys into Men” study-a school-based cluster-randomized trial in 16 high schools in Northern California. We describe relationships among gender-inequitable attitudes, sport type, and recent adolescent relationship abuse perpetration among a sample of male athletes (n = 1,648).
Gender-inequitable attitudes (adjusted odds ratio (AOR), 3.26; 95% confidence interval (CI), 2.56, 4.15), participation in both high school football and basketball (AOR, 2.08; 95% CI, 1.37, 3.18), and participation in football only (AOR, 1.50; 95% CI, 1.02, 2.22) emerged as independently associated with recent ARA perpetration.
Findings warrant targeted violence prevention efforts among male high school athletes that incorporate discussions of gender attitudes and healthy relationships, especially among sports teams at greater risk of adolescent relationship abuse perpetration.