This project studies the both ways influences between goal orientation and sportspersonship and assess their effects on two aspects with a few empirical studies done in youth sport: commitment and drop out. The investigation will depart form a pilot study, to test the validity and reliability of the instruments used in order to assess and coaches goal orientations as well as their perceived ability, values, attitudes and behaviors related to sportpersonship and commitment. Then the test of the project hypothesis will be done by means of a field experiment. In this experiment two successive psychological interventions (second and third year) will be conducted with an experimental group of coaches of young football players: a) the first intervention to promote sportspersonship, and b) the second one to provide a positive communication style and a task oriented motivational climate, assessing in both cases the goal orientation of players and coaches, the motivational climate as well as the perceived ability, values, attittudes and behaviors related to sportspersonship. At the same time, during the second and third years players sports' commitment will be evaluated ans statistics referring to drop out will be elaborated before and after the psychological interventions both in the experimental and control groups. Moreover causes of drop out will be analyzed qualitatively.
|Effective start/end date||20/11/03 → 19/11/06|