Perceived social support from teammates: Direct and stress-buffering effects on self-confidence.
European Journal of Sports Sciences
Taylor & Francis
In this study, we wished to determine whether the perceived support available from team-mates predicts levels of selfconfidence. Four dimensions of support were examined: emotional, esteem, informational, and tangible. The sample consisted of 152 university athletes (74 females, 78 males) with a mean age of 20.1 years (s 1.4). Participants completed measures of perceived support, stressors, and self-confidence at the training session before an important match. Moderated hierarchical regression analyses revealed that all four dimensions of support had direct effects on self-confidence (DR2 0.13 0.17, all PB0.01), with support positively predicting self-confidence. Perceived emotional (DR2 0.05, PB0.05), esteem (DR2 0.02, PB0.05), and informational (DR2 0.03, PB0.05) support also had stress-buffering effects on selfconfidence. The findings suggest that although university athletes perceived different levels of emotional, esteem, informational, and tangible support to be available from their team-mates, all four dimensions of support positively predicted self-confidence.
Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Sport Science, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461390903049998
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