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A multistudy examination of the complementarity dimension of the coach–athlete relationship

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posted on 21.01.2021, 13:55 by Luke Felton, Sophia JowettSophia Jowett, Chris Begg, Xinmiao Zhong
This multi-study aimed to examine the complementarity dimension of the coach-athlete relationship in relation to individual and group outcomes, specifically well-being and cohesion. Self-report data was collected from athletes in the UK (n = 304). In Study 1 (n = 106), mediation analysis demonstrated significant indirect effects between direct and meta complementarity and vitality via basic psychological needs satisfaction. In addition, a significant direct effect between direct complementarity and vitality was also seen, independent of the indirect effect. In Study 2 (n = 198), mediation analysis demonstrated significant indirect effects between direct and meta complementarity and task and social cohesion via the basic psychological needs. A significant direct effect between meta complementarity and task cohesion was also identified, independent of the indirect effects. No direct or indirect effects were observed for reciprocal complementarity. Findings highlight the importance of complementarity, and satisfaction of the basic psychological needs, within the coach-athlete relationship for enhancing athletes’ feelings of well-being and cohesion.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Volume

10

Issue

1

Pages

27–42

Publisher

American Psychological Association (APA)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© 2021 American Psychological Association

Publisher statement

"©American Psychological Association, 2021. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: https://doi.org/10.1037/spy0000209

Acceptance date

17/03/2020

Publication date

2021-02-28

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2157-3905

eISSN

2157-3913

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Sophia Jowett. Deposit date: 19 January 2021