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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Description/Abstract

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
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/392909

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