Competition-Aggression Relationship Reviewed

September 1983
Journal of Sport Psychology;1983, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p261
Academic Journal
The article examines the relationship between aggression and competition in athletic contests. While some competitive sports result in aggression, many, such as gymnastics, do not elicit overt aggressiveness. While competition can increase the likelihood of behavior that could be classified as aggressive, it is not necessarily the causative agent. Factors like frustration, referee rulings, the amount of physical contact in the contest, perceived intentions of opponents, and the value placed upon aggressive behavior are cited as the cause of sports aggression.


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