Title page for ETD etd-05162005-181537

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Warburton, Rebekkah Boyd
Author's Email Address rwarburt@vt.edu
URN etd-05162005-181537
Title The Impact of Sports Fanship on Person Perception
Degree Master of Arts
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sargent, Stephanie Lee Committee Chair
Sewell, Edward H. Jr. Committee Member
Weaver, James B. III Committee Member
  • Sex Differences
  • Impression Formation
  • Sports Fanship
  • Person Perception
Date of Defense 2005-05-03
Availability unrestricted
Do young people use expressed sports preferences to form impressions of others? Concentrating on previous research involving the framework of impression formation theory, this study was designed to explore the impact of expressed sports preferences on perceptions of peers. Respondents (n=332) were presented with a questionnaire depicting male and female peers in various sports tee-shirts to examine how well young people can judge others on the basis of very limited information. The findings reveal that the perceptions formed of peers are often mediated by the specific sport preference expressed by the target person. This study suggests that young people do make quick judgments of others based on sports preferences. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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