Achievement orientation, self-confidence, and attributions of female collegiate tennis players : a case study

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Ginger Lee Gold (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Shirl Hoffman

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the achievement orientation, self-confidence, and attributions of five female collegiate varsity tennis players ages 18 - 22. Changes in these constructs were described and their interrelationships were explored over a single competitive tennis season. Quantitative and qualitative measures, including questionnaires, interviews and journals were used to assess achievement orientation, self-confidence, and attributions. The results were integrated to develop player motivation profiles. Results indicated that: (a) the players were stable in their levels of achievement orientation from match to match, irrespective of confidence level, (b) each player's achievement orientation had different characteristics, (c) athletes' pre-match expectations were higher for events they won, (d) following matches which they won, athletes tended to have lower expectations for winning the next match, and (e) substantial increases and decreases in expectancy to win and play well were observed between matches. Finally, the advantages of using a idiographic design to study fluctuations in athletes' motivation was underscored.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Women tennis players
Achievement motivation
Tennis players

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