Correlates of dispositional and state flow in tennis competition

Stefan Koehn, Tony Morris, Anthony P. Watt

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between psychological correlates and flow in tennis competition. Using a cross-sectional design, the sample of 261 junior tennis athletes showed moderate-to-strong correlations between flow (dispositional and state) and confidence (r disp = .59; r state = .35), imagery use (r disp = .58; r state = .32), and action control (r disp = .41; r state = .40), whereas absorption was orthogonal to flow. Commonality analysis revealed that imagery and confidence accounted for 34.2% of the variance in dispositional flow. The results are discussed for the development of intervention studies in order to enhance flow in competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-369
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume25
Issue number3
Early online date15 Oct 2012
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Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Koehn, Stefan ; Morris, Tony ; Watt, Anthony P. / Correlates of dispositional and state flow in tennis competition. In: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 354-369.
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Correlates of dispositional and state flow in tennis competition. / Koehn, Stefan; Morris, Tony; Watt, Anthony P.

In: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013, p. 354-369.

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