Moral Behavior in Sport

Maria Kavussanu

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Moral Behavior in Sport

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The last decade has seen an important shift of focus in research on sport morality. Researchers have moved from a focus on moral judgment as a moral outcome to the examination of morally relevant behavior. This chapter reflects this shift and reviews research on sport behaviors that could be classified within the moral domain. Different labels have been used to refer to such acts, including prosocial, antisocial, aggressive, and bad/poor behavior. The chapter begins with a discussion of the moral domain and an overview of the main approaches used to measure moral behavior in sport and continues with an extensive review of dispositional and social-environmental factors associated with moral behavior in sport. Next, the effects of demographic and context characteristics on moral action are discussed, followed by a brief review of interventions conducted in physical activity settings. Finally, implications for morality in other performance domains are outlined and directions for future research are provided.

Keywords: Morality; aggression; prosocial behavior; antisocial behavior

Article.  15011 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Social Psychology

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