ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN SELF-PRESENTATION AND COMPETITIVE A-TRAIT: A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION

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Leary (1992) suggests that sports anxiety stems from the Self-Presentation (SP) implications of competition. Some research supports this (e.g., Wilson & Eklund, 1998) and the aim of this study was to expand this research base. Fifty-nine competitive middle distance runners completed the Sport Anxiety Scale [Smith, Smoll & Schultz, 1990, assessing worry (W), concentration disruption (CD) and somatic anxiety (SA)]. Only 2 of the 4 SP concerns assessed by the CSPCI (Williams, Hudson & Lawson, 1999), were associated with anxiety. Regression analyses showed that concern over others. impressions predicted W (R 2= 0.41, p<0.01), CD (R 2=0.09, p<0.01), and concern over current form, SA (R 2=0.47, p<0.01). Results support a link between SP and competitive anxiety and the need to consider athletes' SP concerns in anxiety management strategies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.1.1

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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