Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Tomeka Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Donald Reitzes

Third Advisor

Dr. James Ainsworth

Abstract

Student-athletes have two priorities during their time in college. As a student receiving an education and an athlete that competes for the institution. The demands of the two roles have the potential for the student-athlete to experience role conflict. According to Hurley (1993), role conflict develops when two or more roles produce differing demands on a person to the extent that the individual is unable to effectively fulfill one or all roles. Role conflict can cause many problems for the individual that experiences it. One of the negative outcomes of a person perceiving role conflict in two or more of their roles is to their mental health (Brookins 2018). The objective for conducting this research study is to definitively parse out whether NCAA Division I college student-athletes experience role conflict and whether role conflict negatively impacts the psychological well-being of student-athletes.

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