Coach-athlete attachment and the quality of the coach-athlete relationship: implications for athlete's well-being

Davis, Louise and Jowett, Sophia (2014) Coach-athlete attachment and the quality of the coach-athlete relationship: implications for athlete's well-being. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (15). pp. 1454-1464. ISSN 0264-0414

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.898183

Abstract

This study examined whether athletes' attachment styles with the coach were linked to aspects of the coach-athlete relationship quality and, in turn, whether relationship quality was linked to athletes' well-being. One hundred and ninety-two athletes completed a questionnaire measuring their attachment styles and relationship quality with the coach as well as their feelings of positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA). Structural equation modelling (SEM) analysis found athletes' avoidant and secure attachment styles to be associated with aspects of coach-athlete relationship quality such as social support, relationship depth, and interpersonal conflict. Interpersonal conflict appeared to play a key role in athletes' PA and NA. From a practical perspective, an understanding of conflict management could provide a resource that allows athletes (and coaches) to enhance the quality of their sporting relationships. Specifically, an awareness of proactive strategies (e.g., steps to clarify expectations) and reactive strategies (e.g., cooperation during the discussion of disagreements) could potentially lead both coaches and athletes to "broaden" their viewpoints and in turn "build" connections that are capable of generating positive emotions including interest, excitement, happiness, and zeal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment, positive affect, negative affect, relationships
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 13:08
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16082

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