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Applying the Team Identification-Social Psychological Health Model to older sport fans






International Journal of Aging & Human Development 72(4): 303-315

Applying the Team Identification-Social Psychological Health Model to older sport fans

According to the Team Identification-Social Psychological Health Model (Wann, 2006b), team identification and social psychological health should be positively correlated because identification leads to important social connections which, in turn, facilitate well-being. Although past research substantiates the hypothesized positive relationship between team identification and well-being, earlier studies focused solely on college student populations. The current study extended past work in this area by investigating the team identification/well-being relationship among older sport fans. A sample of older adults (N = 96; M age = 70.82) completed scales assessing demographics, identification with a local college basketball team, and measures of social psychological well-being. As hypothesized, team identification accounted for a significant proportion of unique variance in two measures of social psychological health (collective self-esteem and loneliness).


Accession: 051617548

PMID: 21977676

DOI: 10.2190/ag.72.4.b



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