Developmental Experiences and Well- Being in Sport: The Importance of the Coaching Climate

Lorcan Cronin, Justine Allen

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Abstract

The present study explored the relationships between the coaching climate, youth developmental experiences (personal and social skills, cognitive skills, goal setting, and initiative) and psychological well-being (self-esteem, positive affect, and satisfaction with life). In total, 202 youth sport participants (Mage = 13.4, SD = 1.8) completed a survey assessing the main study variables. Findings were consistent with Benson and Saito’s (2001) framework for youth development. In all analyses, the coaching climate was related to personal and social skills, cognitive skills, goal setting, and initiative. Mediational analysis also revealed that the development of personal and social skills mediated the relationships between the coaching climate and all three indices of psychological well-being (selfesteem, positive affect, and satisfaction with life). Interpretation of the results suggests that coaches should display autonomy-supportive coaching behaviors because they are related to the developmental experiences and psychological well-being of youth sport participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date31 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • positive youth development
  • life skills
  • autonomy support
  • youth sport

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