Dropping out or opting out? Examining girls and women’s participation in sport

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This research project was commissioned to identify effective programs to maintain and increase girls’ participation in sport.

The study examined the impact of the association between masculinity, gender norms/roles, and stigma in female’s participation in, or dropout from, sport during adolescents. It used a quantitative survey to identify the importance of several psychosocial correlates (e.g., masculine norms, gender norms/roles, stigma) of participation (non-participation in sport), and drop-out from sport.

The key findings and implications were presented in a written report and presented to relevant Government stakeholders.