The impact of social support on student athletes' satisfaction in individual sports

Daniel Rhind, Sophia Jowett, Ross Lorimer

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This study investigated the relationship between student athletes' perceived social support and their level of satisfaction. The main effect model of social support was tested as well as the moderating effect of competitive level. A sample of 127 student athletes in the United Kingdom who compete in individual sports completed the Social Support Questionnaire: Short Form (SSQ-SR: Sarason, Sarason, Shearin, & Pierce, 1987) and the Athlete Satisfaction Questionnaire (ASQ: Riemer & Chelladurai, 1998). Participants' perceptions regarding their available support significantly predicted their satisfaction with external agents. Furthermore, their satisfaction with this social support predicted their level of satisfaction with their individual performance and with their external agents. Competitive level was found to moderate the link between an athlete's satisfaction with their social support and their external agents. The implications of these findings for key stakeholders are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-84
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Student athletes
  • Social support
  • Satisfaction
  • United Kingdom


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