Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Holman, M.


Education, Physical.




Research is growing with respect to hazing practices within the sport environment. Much of the research is based upon the athlete experience. It suggests that athletes continue to believe that hazing plays an important role in team membership. In contrast, university policies reflect a growing intolerance for hazing practices. Yet, the research has not yet extensively examined the perceptions held by coaches concerning the role of hazing. The main purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of coaches towards hazing in interuniversity athletics. More specifically, this study investigated possible gender differences between coaches' perceptions towards hazing in Ontario University Athletics. A survey, modified from Nixon's (1994) survey on risk, pain and injury in sport, was used to determine whether or not female and male coaches differ in their beliefs about the role of hazing within their programs. Participants included head coaches of particular team sports from Ontario Universities (N = 109, 85 male coaches & 24 female coaches). The survey instrument was administered via an electronic mail web-link. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .C37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0553. Adviser: Margery Holman. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.