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Linking narcissism, motivation, and doping attitudes in sport: A multilevel investigation involving coaches and athletes

Linking narcissism, motivation, and doping attitudes in sport: A multilevel investigation involving coaches and athletes
Linking narcissism, motivation, and doping attitudes in sport: A multilevel investigation involving coaches and athletes
Research on coaching (Bartholomew, Ntoumanis, & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, 2009) has shown that coaches can display controlling behaviors that have detrimental effects on athletes’ basic psychological needs and quality of sport experiences. The current study extends this literature by considering coach narcissism as a potential antecedent of coaches’ controlling behaviors. Further, the study tests a model linking coaches’ (n = 59) own reports of narcissistic tendencies with athletes’ (n = 493) perceptions of coach controlling behaviors, experiences of need frustration, and attitudes toward doping. Multilevel path analysis revealed that coach narcissism was directly and positively associated with athletes’ perceptions of controlling behaviors and was indirectly and positively associated with athletes’ reports of needs frustration. In addition, athletes’ perceptions of coach behaviors were positively associated—directly and indirectly—with attitudes toward doping. The findings advance understanding of controlling coach behaviors, their potential antecedents, and their associations with athletes’ attitudes toward doping.
Coach personality, controlling coaching, self-determination theory, need frustration, multilevel path analysis
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556-566
Matosic, D.
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Ntoumanis, N.
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Boardley, I.D.
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Stenling, A.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Matosic, D., Ntoumanis, N., Boardley, I.D., Stenling, A. and Sedikides, Constantine (2016) Linking narcissism, motivation, and doping attitudes in sport: A multilevel investigation involving coaches and athletes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38 (6), 556-566. (doi:10.1123/jsep.2016-0141).

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Research on coaching (Bartholomew, Ntoumanis, & Thøgersen-Ntoumani, 2009) has shown that coaches can display controlling behaviors that have detrimental effects on athletes’ basic psychological needs and quality of sport experiences. The current study extends this literature by considering coach narcissism as a potential antecedent of coaches’ controlling behaviors. Further, the study tests a model linking coaches’ (n = 59) own reports of narcissistic tendencies with athletes’ (n = 493) perceptions of coach controlling behaviors, experiences of need frustration, and attitudes toward doping. Multilevel path analysis revealed that coach narcissism was directly and positively associated with athletes’ perceptions of controlling behaviors and was indirectly and positively associated with athletes’ reports of needs frustration. In addition, athletes’ perceptions of coach behaviors were positively associated—directly and indirectly—with attitudes toward doping. The findings advance understanding of controlling coach behaviors, their potential antecedents, and their associations with athletes’ attitudes toward doping.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 February 2016
Published date: 6 December 2016
Keywords: Coach personality, controlling coaching, self-determination theory, need frustration, multilevel path analysis
Organisations: Human Wellbeing

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Local EPrints ID: 408413
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/408413
ISSN: 0895-2779
PURE UUID: 53135d1a-074b-4d52-86b1-a3f515eeb273

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