Edward MooreFollow




School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Judy R Sandlin


Athletes, High School, Sport, Work Ethic


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Other Education


Organizations have become increasingly interested in hiring employees who are committed to the inherent value of work. The purpose of this causal comparative study was to compare the work ethic of high school athletes to non-athletes in a high school setting in South Carolina and analyzed the role of gender within that dynamic. A total of 345 responses were analyzed, with 139 reporting no participation in athletics, 87 reporting participation in sub-varsity athletics only, and 119 reporting participation in varsity athletics. The Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile (MWEP) was developed as a method of measuring work ethic and was composed of seven different constructs rather than a single measurement. A two-way analysis of variance was used to determine whether there are differences between each subgroup or whether an interaction between the two exists. Results demonstrated significant difference in work ethic among the three levels of athletic participation. No significant difference was found in work ethic between genders. The research also found a significant interaction between gender and athletic participation. Keywords: Work ethic, athletes, gender, MWEP (Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile)