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Vaccaro Studies Martial Arts Fighters to Examine Male Fear Management

Posted on 1/31/2012 7:49:22 PM

A two-year ethnographic study of mixed martial arts fighters by a sociologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania attempted to shed light on the complex male psyche to understand how men manage their fears.

The study, led by assistant visiting professor Christian Vaccaro, suggests most fighters never fully overcome their fear of losing or getting injured. The study was published in the December 2011 issue of the American Sociological Association’s Social Psychology Quarterly.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Study of Martial Arts Fighters Attempts to Shed Light on How Men Manage Their Fears

Department of Sociology