Meta-Perceptions of the Coach-Athlete Relationship, Achievement Goals, and Intrinsic Motivation Among Sport Participants

James W. Adie, Sophia Jowett

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2750-2773
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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