Student Athlete Identity Development

T.J. Grams

Using the lens of Erikson’s and Marcia’s Identity Development Theories, a greater understanding the unique aspects of student athlete identity development can be understood during their college experience. Student athletes often fall victim to identity foreclosure, focusing on one area of their life rather than pursuing a greater balance and the development of multiple identities.

This discussion will talk about the theoretical background of identity development and narrow into the specific experiences of student athletes – including how to support the growth of multiple identities, without sacrificing the importance of sport.

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen