SATURDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- A college football player
who sheds a few tears after a game isn't likely to take heat from
his teammates, but they may be less forgiving about sobbing,
according to a new study.
Researchers asked 150 U.S. college football players to read
different stories about a fictional football player named "Jack"
who cries after a game. In the stories, the player either tears up
or sobs after his team wins or loses a game.
The players who read the story about Jack shedding a few tears
after losing thought his behavior was OK, but they drew the line at
sobbing. This group of players also said they would be more likely
to tear up than sob if they were in the same situation.
Players who read about Jack sobbing after his team loses a game
were more likely to say his reaction was more typical among
football players, compared to players who read about Jack sobbing
after his team wins.
The researchers also found that players who believed Jack's
crying was appropriate had higher self-esteem. Those who felt that
Jack's crying was inappropriate, but said they would likely cry in
Jack's situation, had lower self-esteem, the researchers found.
The findings appear in a special section of the journal
Psychology of Men & Masculinity, which is published by the American Psychological Association. Psychologist Jesse Steinfeldt, of Indiana University-Bloomington, co-authored each article in the special section.
Learn more at the
Association for Applied Sport Psychology.