An attachment theory perspective in the examination of relational processes associated with coach-athlete dyads

Davis, Louise, Jowett, Sophia and Lafrenière, Marc-André (2013) An attachment theory perspective in the examination of relational processes associated with coach-athlete dyads. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (2). pp. 156-67. ISSN 1543-2904

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to examine actor and partner effects of (a) athletes' and coaches' attachment styles (avoidant and anxious) on the quality of the coach-athlete relationship, and (b) athletes' and coaches' quality of the coach-athlete relationship on relationship satisfaction employing the actor-partner interdependence model (Kenny, Kashy, & Cook, 2006). Coaches (N = 107) and athletes (N = 107) completed a questionnaire related to attachment styles, relationship quality, and relationship satisfaction. Structural equation model analyses revealed (a) actor effects for coaches' and athletes' avoidant attachment styles on their own perception of relationship quality and coaches' and athletes' perception of relationship quality on their own perception of relationship satisfaction, and (b) partner effects for athletes' avoidant attachment style on coaches' perceptions of relationship quality and for coaches' perceptions of relationship quality on athletes' perceptions of relationship satisfaction. The findings highlight that attachments styles can help us understand the processes involved in the formation and maintenance of quality relational bonds between coaches and athletes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: insecure attachment, coach–athlete dyads, relationship quality, actor effects, partner effects
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
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Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 16:07
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 17:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12238

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