The relationship between self-presentation concerns and pre-game affect among adolescent American football players

Leslie Podlog, Marc Lochbaum, Jens Kleinert, James Dimmock, Maria Newton, Stefanie Schulte

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Abstract

Background The influence of self-presentation concerns on the adolescent sport experience has received scant empirical attention. The purpose of this investigation was to prospectively examine the relationship among self-presentational concerns and pre-game affective states among middle and high school aged football players. Methods American football players (n = 112; mean age = 15.57 years) completed a measure of self-presentational concerns (SPSQ, McGowan, et al., 2008) a week prior to the measurement of selected pre-game affective states (i.e., attentiveness, self-assurance, serenity and fear). Results Regression analyses revealed that concerns about appearing athletically untalented negatively contributed to the significant prediction (p < 0.001) of pre-game attentiveness, β = −0.43, R2adj = 19.5% (p < 0.001), and self-assurance, β = −0.38, R2adj = 11.9% (p < 0.01). Conclusion These findings highlight the importance of reducing self-presentational concerns in promoting posi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-175
JournalJournal of Sport and Health Sciences
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StatePublished - 2013

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