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Competitive Sports and Moral Reasoning

Ward, Cheryl Silvey
The purpose of this study was to explore a possible regression in moral reasoning among athletes of two sports (football and baseball) during their season of play and their off-season. The rationale for this study was based on Kohlberg's (1969) stage theory of moral development and the research of Bredemeir & Shields (1984). This thesis deviates from the format according to the Graduate College Style Manual (1987). The body of this thesis consists of a manuscript prepared for submission to a journal under the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (1983). Materials which are usually presented in the body of the thesis are contained in appendixes. The appendixes consist of a review of the literature, the research instrument, and raw data, and selected statistical analyses.