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Perceived coach behaviors and athletes' engagement and disaffection in youth sport: The mediating role of the psychological needs.

Curran, Thomas and Hill, Andrew P. and Hall, Howard and Jowett, Gareth E. (2014) Perceived coach behaviors and athletes' engagement and disaffection in youth sport: The mediating role of the psychological needs. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45 (6). 559 - 580.

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Abstract

Understanding of how coaches influence adolescents' levels of engagement and disaffection in youth sport is important in light of the high attrition in this population. Grounded in self-determination theory, we proposed and tested a mediation model that describes pathways linking perceptions of coach behavior (autonomy supportive versus controlling) to adolescents' engagement and disaffection via psychological need satisfaction and thwarting in youth sport. One-hundred and fifty-three adolescent soccer players (Mage = 13.96 ± 1.41) completed a questionnaire that assessed the study variables. Structural equation modelling supported the hypothesised model. Perceptions of autonomy support positively predicted psychological need satisfaction which, in turn, positively predicted engagement. Perceptions of controlling behaviors positively predicted psychological need thwarting which, in turn, positively predicted disaffection. In addition, a number of cross-over paths emerged. The findings

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/857

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