Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Educational Policy Studies and Eval

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly Bradley

Second Advisor

Dr. Willis Jones


During a person’s college years they are beginning to form identities and develop a sense of self. One of the most salient identities that college student-athletes identify with is their athletic identity. Numerous research studies have been conducted on the saliency of a student-athlete’s athletic identity, however the vast majority of those research studies examined student-athletes participating at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I level. This study was designed to extend the previous investigation of athletic identity and identity foreclosure among college students by focusing on athletes participating at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) level.

By utilizing previously developed scales: Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS) and the Extended Objective Measure of Ego-Identity Status (EOM-IS), this study assessed a sample of male and female college student-athletes’ AIMS and EOM-IS levels in order to investigate their levels of athletic identity and identity foreclosure. Further, this study looks to determine if there is a significant variance in AIMS and EOM-IS levels based on selected independent variables: grade classification, sport, scholarship and non-scholarship athletes, revenue generating and non-revenue generating sports. Participants in this study were student-athletes at Asbury University located in Wilmore, KY which is a NAIA institution.

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