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Contextual influences on moral functioning of male youth footballers

Kavussanu, Maria and Spray, Christopher M. (2006) Contextual influences on moral functioning of male youth footballers. The Sport Psychologist, 20 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0888-4781

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This study examined the network of relationships among moral atmosphere, perceived performance motivational climate, and moral functioning of male youth football players. Participants were 325 footballers recruited from 24 teams of a youth football league. They responded to scenarios describing cheating and aggressive behaviors likely to occur during a football game by indicating their moral judgment, intention, and behavior, which represented moral functioning. The moral atmosphere of the team and participants' perceptions of the team's performance motivational climate were also measured. Structural equation modeling indicated that perceptions of an atmosphere condoning cheating and aggressive behaviors were associated with views that a performance motivational climate is salient in the team, while both moral atmosphere and perceived performance climate corresponded to low levels of moral functioning in football. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for eliminating unsportsmanlike conduct from sport.

Type of Work:Article
Date:March 2006 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Sport & Exercise Science
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Keywords:perceived motivational climate, confirmatory factor-analysis, young soccer players, aggressive tendencies, intrinsic motivation, physical education, coefficient-alpha, fair play, sport, sportspersonship
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham, Loughborough University
Copyright Holders:Human Kinetics
ID Code:677
Refereed:YES
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