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Characteristics of good role models in sports and social life

Kohlstrung, L. (2016) Characteristics of good role models in sports and social life.

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Abstract:Role models are important, especially to young children and adolescents. This study examined first the different characteristics a person needed to have to be able to become a role model. Second, it examined if and why trainers were or were not seen as role models.Thematic analyses revealed several major themes important to the respondents concerning role models: (a) age, (b) awareness, (c) identification, (d) mentality, and (e) personality. Trainers were indeed seen as role models by both athletes and trainers. Opinions were divided about whether or not a trainer could be more than just a role model for sports. Most of the respondents stated that trainers could as well be role models for the social life, whereas the other respondents said that trainers would be only role models for sport-related situations. The conclusion of this study is that persons needto have certain characteristics to become role models and that trainers are seen as role models.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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