Attachment Styles Within the Coach-Athlete Dyad: Preliminary Investigation and Assessment Development

Davis, Louise and Jowett, Sophia (2013) Attachment Styles Within the Coach-Athlete Dyad: Preliminary Investigation and Assessment Development. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7 (2). pp. 120-145. ISSN 1932-9261

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The present preliminary study aimed to develop and examine the psychometric properties of a new sport-specific self-report instrument designed to assess athletes’ and coaches’ attachment styles. The development and initial validation comprised three main phases. In Phase 1, a pool of items was generated based on pre-existing self-report attachment instruments, modified to reflect a coach and an athlete’s style of attachment. In Phase 2, the content validity of the items was assessed by a panel of experts. A final scale was developed and administered to 405 coaches and 298 athletes (N = 703 participants). In Phase 3, confirmatory factor analysis of the obtained data was conducted to determine the final items of the Coach-Athlete Attachment Scale (CAAS). Confirmatory factor analysis revealed acceptable goodness of fit indexes for a 3-first order factor model as well as a 2-first order factor model for both the athlete and the coach data, respectively. A secure attachment style positively predicted relationship satisfaction, while an insecure attachment style was a negative predictor of relationship satisfaction. The CAAS revealed initial psychometric properties of content, factorial, and predictive validity, as well as reliability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment, avoidant, anxious, relationships, athlete, coach
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 16:10
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 14:31

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