Attitudes toward Sexist/nonsexist Language: A Comparison of Students in Sport-Related Majors with Students in Other Majors. (Sport Management/Administration)

By Parks, Janet B.; Robertson, Mary Ann | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, March 2003 | Go to article overview

Attitudes toward Sexist/nonsexist Language: A Comparison of Students in Sport-Related Majors with Students in Other Majors. (Sport Management/Administration)


Parks, Janet B., Robertson, Mary Ann, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


Scholars recognize that sexist language has deleterious effects on the sport environment (Blinde, Greendorfer, & Shanker, 1991; Duncan & Hasbrook, 1988; Eitzen & Zinn, 1989, 1993; Hutchinson, 1995; Messner, Duncan, &Jensen, 1993). While affecting primarily women, sexist language tarnishes the sport experience for all participants. For this reason, sport management educators have expressed interest in teaching students to use inclusive language (Parks & Roberton, 2002). One step in designing instructional units about sexist language is to understand potential differences between the attitudes of students in sport-related majors and other majors. Since previous studies bad suggested that students in sport-related fields were ambivalent toward sexist/nonsexist language (Parks & Roberton, 1998a, 1998b, 2002), the purpose of the present study was to compare attitudes of students in sport-related majors with attitudes of students in nonsport-related fields. We hypothesized that sport management/kinesiology students would be more conservative and, therefore, more resistant to inclusive language, necessitating special instructional strategies to overcome this resistance. To test this hypothesis, we used a t test (p < .05) to compare two groups of 18-20-year-olds 149 students in sport-related majors from 7 universities in the southeastern and midwestern U. …

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