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Effects of Motivational Climate on Fear of Failure and Anxiety in Teen Handball Players

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Department of Physical Activity and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia, Santiago de la Ribera, 30720 Murcia, Spain
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Campus of International Excellence “Mare Nostrum”, University of Murcia, 30720 Murcia, Spain
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Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Research Center in Life Quality (CIEQV), 2040-413 Rio Maior, Portugal
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Department of Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Health Research Center, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 592; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020592
Received: 26 December 2019 / Revised: 11 January 2020 / Accepted: 11 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the motivational climate created by the coach and perceived by a group of young, high-performance handball players on their fear of failure and precompetitive anxiety. The study participants were 479 young handball players. The age range was 16–17 years old. Players were administered a battery composed of a Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire, a Performance Failure Appraisal Inventory, and Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2R, to measure the aforementioned theoretical constructs. Using structural equation modelling (SEM), the results showed that the handball players experienced high levels task-involving climate and moderate values of self-confidence. In contrast, players experienced lower levels of ego-involving climate, fear of failure, and cognitive and somatic anxiety. The obtained model shows that fear of failure positively mediates the association between an ego-involving climate with both cognitive and somatic anxiety, and negatively in terms of self-confidence. In contrast, fear of failure does not mediate the associations between a task-involving climate and both somatic and cognitive anxiety and self-confidence. View Full-Text
Keywords: coach; motivation; team sports; failure; well-being; performance coach; motivation; team sports; failure; well-being; performance
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Gómez-López, M.; Chicau Borrego, C.; Marques da Silva, C.; Granero-Gallegos, A.; González-Hernández, J. Effects of Motivational Climate on Fear of Failure and Anxiety in Teen Handball Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 592.

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