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Participation in sport and moral functioning: does Ego orientation mediate their relationship?

Kavussanu, Maria and Ntoumanis, Nikos (2003) Participation in sport and moral functioning: does Ego orientation mediate their relationship? Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 25. pp. 501-518. ISSN 0895-2779

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This study examined whether participation in contact sports influences moral functioning within the sport context, and whether these effects are mediated by ego orientation; the role of task orientation on moral functioning was also
examined. Participants (N = 221) were college athletes participating in basketball, soccer, field hockey, and rugby. They completed questionnaires assessing sport participation, goal orientations, moral functioning, and social desirability. Structural equation modeling analysis indicated that participation in contact sports positively predicted ego orientation, which in turn predicted low levels of moral functioning. The direct effects of sport participation on moral functioning became nonsignificant in the presence of ego orientation, indicating that the latter construct mediates the relationship between the first two variables. Task orientation corresponded to high levels of moral functioning. These findings help us further understand the processes operating in contact sports and are discussed in terms of their implications for eliminating
unsportspersonlike conduct from the sport context.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2003 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Sport & Exercise Science
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Keywords:achievement goals, sport participation, mediation, contact sports
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Human Kinetics
ID Code:569
Refereed:YES
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