The developmental origins of fear of failure in adolescent athletes: Examining parental practices

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dc.contributor.author Sagar, Sam S.
dc.contributor.author Lavallee, David
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-15T14:32:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-15T14:32:46Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.identifier.citation Sagar , S S & Lavallee , D 2010 , ' The developmental origins of fear of failure in adolescent athletes: Examining parental practices ' Psychology of Sport and Exercise , pp. 177-187 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 152910
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/5879
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/5879
dc.description Sagar, S.S., Lavallee, D. (2010). The developmental origins of fear of failure in adolescent athletes: Examining parental practices. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11(3), 177-187. S. Sagar is corresponding author en
dc.description.abstract We investigated the developmental origins of fear of failure (FF) in adolescent athletes by examining how parental sport socialization practices in daily parent-child interaction contribute to the development of FF in the child-athlete.Method Three intact families of adolescent athletes (ages 13-14 years) participated in the study; three athletes and six parents. Each mother, father and athlete was interviewed separately three times over a 3-4 week period. Interviews with parents ranged between 90 and 200 min and with the athletes between 60 and 106 min. Social constructionist epistemology underpinned the study.Results Data analyses revealed three categories of parental sport socialization practices that can contribute to young athletes' FF: punitive behavior, controlling behavior, and high expectations for achievement. These practices appear to be grounded in the parents' belief that losing competitions will lead to aversive consequences for their child's sporting progression and career. Therefore, they employed these practices in an attempt to ensure their child's success in competitions.Conclusions Such parental socialization practices and negative responses to their child's failure can contribute to the child's FF development; as the child appraises these practices and responses to be aversive consequences of failure and, subsequently, fears failure. The present study represents the first endeavor to examine the developmental origins of FF in young athletes and its findings enhance conceptual understanding of FF in the youth sport context, contributing to theory and practice. en
dc.format.extent 11 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Psychology of Sport and Exercise en
dc.title The developmental origins of fear of failure in adolescent athletes: Examining parental practices en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.01.004
dc.contributor.institution Department of Sport & Exercise Science en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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