CitationEitle, David & Swinford, Steve (2018). High school sports participation and intimate partner violence in adulthood. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
AbstractA number of recent, high profile cases involving accusations of violence perpetrated against women by both college and professional athletes have rekindled the public debate about the relationship between sports participation and violence against women. Although lively, this public debate is rarely informed by scholarship that has explored the question of whether there exists an association between sports participation and violence. While the results of studies examining this relationship are equivocal, scholarship into the connection between sports and violence against women has not kept pace with the public debate and headlines of athletes’ accused of such violence. One concern that characterizes most of the past scholarship devoted to addressing this question is that only the short-term association between sports participation and violence against women is addressed. There are few studies that explore whether male sports participation has long-term behavioral consequences, including a heightened risk of violence perpetration. The present study explores the potential long-term consequences of high school sports participation on intimate partner violence (IPV). Using a nationally representative sample of students, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, or Add Health, we examine whether playing high school sports is associated with IPV years later (males ages 24-32).
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAmerican Society of Criminology Annual Meeting