Parental involvement in sport: psychometric development and empirical test of a theoretical model

Pedro Teques*, Sidonia Serpa, Antonio Rosado, Carlos Silva, Luis Calmeiro

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The purposes of the present multistudy were to develop and provide initial construct validity for measures based on the model of parental involvement in sport (Study 1) and examine structural relationships among the constructs of the model (Study 2). In Study 1 (nparents = 342, nathletes = 223), a confirmatory factor analysis was used to verify the psychometric properties of the measures. Content and construct validity were evaluated, as well individual and composite reliability. Multi-group analysis with two independent samples provided evidence of factorial invariance. In Study 2 (nparents = 754, nathletes = 438), structural equation modeling analysis supported the hypothesised model in which athletes’ perceptions of parents’ behaviours mediated the relationship between parents’ reported behaviours and the athletes’ psychological variables conducive to their achievement in sport. The findings provide support for the parental involvement in sport model and demonstrate the role of perceptions of parents’ behaviours on young athletes’ cognitions in sport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-249
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date29 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Parental involvement
  • Theoretical model
  • Athletes’ perceptions
  • Mediation


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