ePrints Repository

Testing a model of antecedents and consequences of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping in school physical education

Ntoumanis, Nikos and Taylor, Ian M. and Standage, Martyn (2010) Testing a model of antecedents and consequences of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping in school physical education. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28 (14). pp. 1515-1525. ISSN 0264-0414

Loading
PDF (313Kb)

URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2010.511650

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1080/02640414.2010.511650

There has been very limited research on the use of self-worth protection strategies in the achievement context of school physical education (PE). Thus, this study aimed to examine some antecedents and consequences of defensive pessimism and self-handicapping. The sample comprised 534 (females n = 275; males n = 259) British pupils recruited from two schools who responded to established questionnaires. Results of structural equation modelling analysis indicated that self-handicapping and defensive pessimism were positively predicted by fear of failure and negatively predicted by competence valuation. In addition, defensive pessimism was negatively predicted by physical self-concept. In turn, defensive pessimism negatively predicted enjoyment in PE and intentions to participate in future optional PE programs. Self-handicapping did not predict enjoyment or intentions. Results from multi-sample structural equation modelling showed the specified model to be largely invariant across males and females. The findings indicate that although both strategies aim to protect one’s self-worth, some of their antecedents and consequences in PE may differ.

Type of Work:Article
Date:December 2010 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor & Francis
ID Code:784
Refereed:YES
Local Holdings:
Export Reference As : ASCII + BibTeX + Dublin Core + EndNote + HTML + METS + MODS + OpenURL Object + Reference Manager + Refer + RefWorks
Share this item :
QR Code for this page

Repository Staff Only: item control page