Narcissism and coach behaviours: a self-determination theory perspective

Matosic, D., Ntoumanis, N., Boardley, I.D., Sedikides, C., Stewart, B.D. and Chatzisarantis, N. (2015) Narcissism and coach behaviours: a self-determination theory perspective Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, pp. 1-8. (doi:10.1111/sms.12635).


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Athletes’ sport experiences are often influenced by the interpersonal styles of communication used by their coaches. Research on personality antecedents of such styles is scarce. We examined the link between a well-researched personality trait, namely narcissism, and two types of coaching interpersonal style, namely autonomy-supportive and controlling styles. We also tested the mediating roles of dominance and empathic concern in explaining the relations between narcissism and the two coaching interpersonal styles. United Kingdom-based coaches (N = 211) from various sports completed a multi-section questionnaire assessing the study variables. Regression analyses revealed a positive direct relation between narcissism and controlling coach behaviors. Furthermore, empathy (but not dominance) mediated the positive and negative indirect effects of narcissism on controlling and autonomy-supported interpersonal styles, respectively. We discuss these findings in terms of their implications for coaching and the quality of athletes’ sport experiences.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/sms.12635
Keywords: controlling, autonomy-supportive, dominance, empathy, sport
ePrint ID: 392909
Date :
Date Event
11 November 2015Accepted/In Press
21 December 2015e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 09:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 03:26
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