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A path analysis of stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction among athletes

Nicholls, Adam R and Polman, Remco and Levy, Andrew R (2011) A path analysis of stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction among athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13 (3). pp. 263-270. ISSN 1469-0292

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Abstract

Objectives In this study we examined athletes’ stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction ratings using a path analysis model. This is the first study to explore all of these constructs in a single study and provides a more holistic examination of the overall stressful experience that athletes encounter. Design Cross-sectional. Methods Participants were 557 athletes, aged between 18 and 64 years (M age = 22.28 years, SD = 5.72), who completed a pre-competition measure of stress appraisals and emotions. Participants also completed a coping questionnaire and a subjective performance measure after competing, with regards to how they coped during competition and how satisfied they were with their performance. Results Path analysis revealed that appraisals of uncontrollable-by-self, stressfulness, and centrality were positively associated with the relational meaning threat appraisals. Threat appraisals were associated with unpleasant emotions, prior to competition, and pre-ceded distraction- and disengagement-oriented coping. The pre-competition appraisals of controllable-by-self, centrality, controllable-by-others, and stressfulness were associated with challenge relational meanings, which in turn were linked to task-oriented coping during competition. Task-oriented coping was positively related to superior subjective performance. Conclusions Our findings support the notion that stress appraisals, emotions, and coping are highly related constructs that are also associated with performance satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25741, coping, appraisal, challenge, threat
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 03:42
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 06:04
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23227
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.12.003
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