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dc.contributor.authorRand, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-26T15:33:02Z
dc.date.available2017-07-26T15:33:02Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/73062
dc.description.abstractWeight-based teasing (WBT) is associated with negative mental health outcomes for youth. Research indicates WBT is a persistent problem in schools. There is a gap in research on WBT during recreational sports. This study examined the prevalence and beliefs about WBT in youth sports using an online survey of team members, primary caregivers, and coaches. Thirty-five percent of team members experienced WBT during sports. Fifty-six percent of primary caregivers and team members and forty-four percent of coaches witnessed WBT during sports. Between 31% and 71% of participants felt WBT is serious, concerning, and harmful to health. Participants identified coaches promoting WBT through minimizing and accepting the behaviour. Body-weight expectations, media messaging about athletes’ bodies, and lack of WBT policies also promoted WBT. Education on good sportsmanship and body positivity as well as anti-bullying programs discouraged WBT. Athlete protection policies that address weight-based victimization are required to reduce WBT in sports.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectWeight-based teasingen_US
dc.subjectWeight biasen_US
dc.subjectWeight-based victimizationen_US
dc.titleWEIGHT-BASED TEASING IN RECREATIONAL SPORTS IN NOVA SCOTIA: AN EXPLORATORY STUDYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2017-06-12
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Health & Human Performanceen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerGary Goldfielden_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorJacqueline Gahaganen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerBrad Meisneren_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerLaurene Rehmanen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorSara Kirken_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalReceiveden_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNoen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNoen_US
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