The relationship between competitive orientation and religious orientation.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Diane L. Gill, Professor (Creator)
Shirl J. Hoffman (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Previous research suggests that religious orientation relates to people's choice of activities and behaviors. Religious orientation has not been examined in relation to sport and competitive orientation. This study examined the relationship of religious orientation, along with athletic experience, college and gender, to competitive orientation in sport. Surveys were completed by male and female -athletes and athletes (N=308) from six private liberal arts colleges, three with strong religious affiliations and three with more secular orientations. Religious orientation was measured by six subscales of religious belief including extrinsic/ intrinsic, external/internal, orthodoxy, and interactional. Competitiveness was assessed by the Sport Orientation questionnaire with three subscales, competitiveness, win and goal orientation. Overall MANOVA and regression analyses suggested that religious orientation does relate to competitive orientation beyond the influence of athletic experience and gender, and may affect how one approaches and interprets their involvement in sport situations.

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Journal of Sport Behavior, 13, 145-156
Language: English
Date: 1990
Competitive orientation, Religious orientation

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