Attachment and well-being: the mediating effects of psychological needs satisfaction within the coacheathlete and parente athlete relational contexts.

Felton, Luke and Jowett, Sophia (2013) Attachment and well-being: the mediating effects of psychological needs satisfaction within the coacheathlete and parente athlete relational contexts. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14 (1). pp. 57-65. ISSN 1469-0292

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.07.006

Abstract

Objectives: Grounded in attachment theory and self determination theory, this study aimed to examine whether basic needs satisfaction is a mechanism by which athletes’ insecure attachment styles are associated with levels of well-being.
Method: Athletes (N ¼ 430) from a range of sports and competition levels completed a multi-section questionnaire to assess the main variables of the study.
Results: Bootstrap mediation analysis revealed that athletes’ perceptions of satisfaction of basic psychological needs generally mediated the association between their attachment styles and well-being.
Moreover, the indirect effect of athletes’ experience of the satisfaction of basic needs on well-being was greater within the parental relational context than within the coaching relational context.
Conclusions: Overall, the findings from the study highlight that the integration of attachment and selfdetermination theories can promote understanding of relational process in sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment, well-being, basic psychological needs, parents, coaches
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Luke Felton
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16813

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