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Spectator moods at an aggressive sports event

Journal of Sport Psychology 3(3): 217-227

Spectator moods at an aggressive sports event

Mood scales were administered to spectators attending an especially violent ice hockey game (117) and a relatively nonviolent game (159). Subjects completed the scales either prior to the opening face-off, during the 1st or 2nd period intermissions, or immediately following the match. The between-subjects design revealed an increase in spectator hostility accompanied by a quadratic arousal function for the violent game. The relationship between hostility (and arousal) and the period of play was best described by an inverted-U function. Arousal decreased at the nonviolent match. Other mood states were largely unaffected by the 2 games. The results were discussed with reference to 3 models of spectator moods in which outcome was featured as a major variable.

Accession: 006459313

DOI: 10.1123/jsp.3.3.217

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