Relationship Between Ethical And Abusive Coaching Behaviors And Student Athlete Well Being

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The study “The Relationship Between Ethical and Abusive Coaching Behaviors and Student-Athlete Well-Being” was conducted by Mariya A. Yukhymenko-Lescroart, Michael E. Brown, and Thomas S. Paskus, and was published in the journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. The researchers sought to understand the effects that a coach’s behavior had on a student’s morals, satisfaction, and impressions of team unity. Social-cognitive theory has long thought that we learn by imitating those around us, particularly those in leadership positions. The coaches of sports teams are especially prominent models in a student athlete’s life, given that they have actual authority over the student’s life. The idea of self-efficacy, which suggests that an …show more content…
Coaches were first asked if their teams would participate, and if the coach approved, the students were given surveys to fill out with the assurance that it was voluntary and confidential. Coaches were asked not to be present as the students filled out the surveys, which consisted of nineteen Likert-scale questions. 40.8% of the students were female, and the entire sample was primarily white, although 15.4% were black and 12.5% were “other.”
This study had five main variables. First, the “inclusion climate,” or how unified the students felt their team was. This was measured by three questions on a 1 to 6 scale. Next was “willingness to cheat,” or the perceived readiness of fellow teammates to be dishonest, which was measured by a 1 to 5 scale question. Also measured was the “college choice satisfaction,” or how content the students felt about their choice of college. This was measured by three questions on a 1 to 7 scale. Next was “ethical leadership,” or whether the student felt that the coach was running the team with positive morals. It was measured by six questions on a 1 to 5 scale. Last was “abusive coaching behavior,” or how the students felt about their coach’s amount of abuse or lack thereof. This was assessed with three questions on a 1 to 5 scale. The perceived ethical climate of the school (measured via three 1 to 5 scale items), as well as the gender of the team, how much media attention the team
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