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Athletics, Aspirations, and Attainments

Luther B. Otto and Duane F. Alwin
Sociology of Education
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Apr., 1977), pp. 102-113
DOI: 10.2307/2112373
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2112373
Page Count: 12
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Athletics, Aspirations, and Attainments
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Abstract

We attempt to cross-validate research supporting the hypothesis that perceived peer status mediates the effect of athletics on educational aspirations and attainments; we compare the estimates with those for a model which incorporates significant-others' influence as the key intervening variable; and we extend past research to include estimates of the effects on occupational aspirations and attainments and income. We find that participation in athletics has a positive effect on each form of aspiration and attainment, that perceived peer status contributes to neither the predictive nor the explanatory power of the model, and that sizeable proportions of the athletic effect are mediated by significant-others' influence. Analysis is based on 15-year interval panel data on a male age cohort (N = 340). Estimates are provided by structural equation models. We control on differences in school value climates.

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