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

Department of Physical Activity and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia, Santiago de la Ribera, 30720 Murcia, Spain
Campus of International Excellence “Mare Nostrum”, University of Murcia, 30720 Murcia, Spain
Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Research Center in Life Quality (CIEQV), 2040-413 Rio Maior, Portugal
Department of Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Health Research Center, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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;
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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