Unathletic Kids Are Unpopular at School
The Study: âPerceived Athletic Competence, Sociometric Status, and Loneliness in Elementary School Children,â Journal of Sport Behavior, September 2007
The Findings: Janice Causgrove Dunn of the University of Alberta studied 99 boys and 109 girls in Western Canada in grades four through six, finding that those students who were perceived by others as having good athletic skills were more popular, while the seemingly uncoordinated often felt dissatisfaction and isolation.
Why Bother? Because no one had thought to study the phenomenon before, yet it's crucial to understanding how social strata form among students. âWe knew there was a common-sense link between lack of athletic skill and loneliness,â Dunn says. Although much research relied on that assumed link, she couldn't find a single study to back it up, so she undertook it herself. âIt's funny how many colleagues have said âthank you' for finally having something to cite.â