This study investigated a motivational sequence hypothesizing relationships between athletes' meta-perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship, achievement goals, and intrinsic motivation. Participants (N = 194) completed a multi-sectional questionnaire assessing the targeted variables. Structural equation modeling analysis revealed that athletes who viewed their coaches to be more cooperative, committed, and close in their relationships were more likely to endorse a mastery-approach goal, and less likely to adopt a performance-avoidance goal. Subsequent findings confirmed the hypothesized positive relationship between a mastery-approach goal and intrinsic motivation. Finally, a mastery-approach goal was found to partially mediate the link between athletes' meta-perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship and intrinsic motivation. The results are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical utility.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology