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Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Master of Science (MS)
Health and Human Development
Martin, Eric Michael
The effects of transitioning to college have been reported, but little is known about how levels of high school athletic identity (AI; Taylor & Ogilvie, 1994), athletic satisfaction (AS; Park et al., 2013), and current recreational sport participation relate to the transition to college. The purpose of this study was to compare the psychological well-being of first-year college students based on previous and current athletic participation. Random stratified and snowball sampling of U.S. universities yielded a sample of 347 first-year college students. Mean differences (p = .007, ɳ2 = .035) in flourishing were found between continued (M = 40.25, SD = 7.82) and new athletes (M = 36.50 SD = 7.33) and continued athletes with higher AI had higher flourishing (M = 47.40, SD = 4.78) and lower distress (M = 29.58, SD = 24.97 ) than those with lower AI (M = 33.38, SD = 5.59, M = 51.35, SD = 16.36, respectively) both with large (p = -2.72; p
Athletic transition, psychological well-being, first-year college students
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
High school athletes--Psychological aspects; College students; Sports--Physiological aspects
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Pierce, Becca, "Stress and Flourishing During First Year College Transition: A Comparison of Former High School Athletes, Recreational Athletes, and Non-Athletes" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1230.