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Do I Belong? An investigation into the effects of stereotype threat on recruited student athletes at an Ivy League institution

Author/​Artist:
Brase, Hans-George [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Fernandez-Kelly, Patricia [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Sociology [Browse]
Class year:
2017
Summary note:
In this paper, I apply the concept of 'stereotype threat', coined by social psychologist Claude Steele, to an understanding of challenges faced by student-athletes at a highly selective educational institution. On the basis of a survey administered to a random sample constituted by more than 300 respondents, I investigate prevailing notions that portray student-athletes as less intelligent or capable. I debunk myths and provide evidence confirming that student-athletes are highly committed to academic improvement, although they often share stereotypes shared by non-athletes.