College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Revealing an Empirical Understanding of Aggression and Violent Behavior in Athletes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

athletes, aggression, sports, violence

Publication Title

Aggression and Violent Behavior

ISSN

1359-1789

Volume

15

Issue/No.

6

Abstract

Despite the multitude of published accounts that focus on “aggressive athletes,” scientific investigation into aggression and violence within an athletic population has been surprisingly absent. Publications have often been more editorial in nature, with scientific rigor, sound methodology, and empirical exploration appearing to be secondary concerns. The present review seeks to summarize what is currently known about aggression and violence in sports through actual empirical investigation. The information presented herein was synthesized from the inclusion of studies that met strict scientific and methodological inclusion criteria, representing less than one-third of published studies on the subject over the past 30 years.

DOI

10.1016/j.avb.2010.08.001