The Experience of Minority Female Coaches within Intercollegiate Athletics

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Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects

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Lawrence, Nohelani M.
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Minority; Qualitative Research; Behavior/CBT; Black; Lesbian; Coaches; Student-athletes; Racism; Sexism; Homonegativity; Women; Athletics; Psychology
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It has been suggested that the United States has shown an increase of acceptance and positive attitudes toward diverse cultures and populations. However, there continues to be a drought in research that examines the experience of minority women. In addition, few studies have focused on minority female coaches within athletic environments, which have been known to be both heterosexist and homonegative (Griffin, 1992; Griffin, 1998; Krane, 1996; Krane & Barber, 2003; Krane & Barber, 2005; Roper & Halloran, 2007; Schreibstein, 2010). A person who holds a minority identity has been defined by this paper as belonging to an underrepresented group, including: race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, religion, and/or sexual orientation. This study, in particular, focused on three specific minority groups: race, gender, and sexual orientation. The proposed study assessed the experiences, challenges, and strategies to overcome obstacles of female coaches who hold minority statuses within National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic departments.