Intimate relations and sexual abuse in Danish Sport

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Abstract

This chapter reports the first phase of a two-phase research project investigating the prevalence of potentially threatening and abusive behaviours in a sample of male and female Danish athletes. A cross sectional, retrospective design, using a mailed survey, provided a quantitative assessment of sexual abuse prevalence in a national sample of athletes from recreational, regional competitive level, national and international elite level. Results from the total sample (N=1660) revealed that 5% (N=83) of athletes reported being manipulated or coerced into sexual contact at some time in their lives, and in five cases the offender was reported to be a coach. Significant gender differences were found as 6.3% of female athletes reported lifetime sexual abuse as opposed to 3% among male athletes. Almost one in three athletes reported to have experienced an intimate relationship with a coach. These relationships occurred during the athlete’s childhood (0.5%), adolescence (8%) or adulthood (28%). Data showed no statistically significant differences between reporting personal experiences of intimate relationships at various sports levels (from recreational thru to elite sport) or between gender. Respondents reporting to have had experienced an intimate relationship with a coach as an adult had a more positive response regarding the relationship than athletes experiencing the same at 13-17 years of age. Elite athletes had a more critical response to coach-athlete relationships than at other sport levels. Implications of these results are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrunel University Press
PublisherBrunel University Press
Volume1
Edition1
Number of pages157
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-902316-83-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • sexual abuse
  • intimate relationships
  • organised sport

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Støckel, J. T. (2010). Intimate relations and sexual abuse in Danish Sport. (1 ed.) Brunel University Press: Brunel University Press.
Støckel, Jan Toftegaard. / Intimate relations and sexual abuse in Danish Sport. 1 ed. Brunel University Press : Brunel University Press, 2010. 157 p.
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1 ed. Brunel University Press : Brunel University Press, 2010. 157 p.

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