Coaches as a potential source of athletes’ self-presentational concern

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This study examined the association between athletes' perceptions of their coaches' views of the quality of their coach-athlete relationship (i.e., an athlete's meta-perception) and athletes' self-presentational concerns related to their coach. 119 athletes completed a modified version of the Self-Presentation in Sport Questionnaire (Wilson & Eklund, 1998) and the meta-version of the Coach-Athlete Relationship Questionnaire (Jowett, 2009). All self-presentational concerns were negatively associated with increased perceptions of closeness and positively associated with increased perceptions of commitment. Athletes appear to perceive their coach as a potential source of self-presentational concern and that these concerns are associated with inferences about their coaches' perception of the quality of that relationship. This suggests that a coach needs to be aware that how an athlete perceives the coach's perception of the quality of the relationship can potentially impact on the concerns experienced by that athlete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Coaching Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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