The role of personality, empathy, and satisfaction with instruction within the context of the coach-athlete relationship

S. Jowett*, X. Yang, R. Lorimer

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The present study, guided by Integrated Research Model of coach-athlete relationships, investigated the linear associations between personality, relationship quality, perceptions of coach empathy, and satisfaction with training. A total of 178 athletes completed a self-report instrument that assessed the main variables of the study. Structural equation modelling supported that (a) athletes’ perceptions of relationship quality was affected by their personality and affected their views about how empathic their coach was relative to them, and (b) athletes’ perceptions of coach empathy was affected by their perceptions of the quality of the relationship with the coach and affected their levels of satisfaction with training. In conclusion, this demonstrates an integrated approach to investigating the associations between antecedent, quality, and consequent variables of the coach-athlete relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Coaching Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


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