Differences in sport competition anxiety of college softball coaches

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dc.contributor.advisor Wittig, Arno F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lyons, Amy J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:33:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:33:41Z
dc.date.created 1984 en_US
dc.date.issued 1984
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1984 .L96 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/182879
dc.description.abstract The intent of this thesis was to study the anxiety levels of college softball coaches. Previous research suggests that high levels of anxiety interfere with optimal performance and consequently decrease chances of success. This study compared college softball coaches' sex and career winning percentage to their anxiety level. The hypotheses which were tested are:a)Coaches with career records in the upper quarter of all returned questionnaires will score lower in competitive trait anxiety than coaches with less successful records.b)Female coaches will score higher in competitive trait anxiety than male coaches.The instrument used to measure competitive trait anxiety was Martens (1977) Sports Competition Anxiety Test, which was disguised as the Illinois Competition Questionnaire. Through self-report, the sex and career records were obtained.Of the 224 questionnaires mailed, 146 (65%) were returned. Using plannedcomparisons and analysis of variance, no significant differences were found and both hypotheses rejected. Although not a main hypothesis, further investigation indicated that female coaches score significantly lower than the norm of females in the general population (a = 8.81, p < .0001). It was suggested that through the process of self selection, females with low sport competition anxiety choose the occupation of coaching rather than some alternate career.Recommendations for further study are to replicate this study using a different criterion to measure coaches' success rate; to use Division I coaches only; to sample various sports; to track anxiety using a longitudinal method.
dc.format.extent 35 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Anxiety. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Coaching (Athletics) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Softball -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.title Differences in sport competition anxiety of college softball coaches en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/412237 en_US

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