n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Role of self-efficacy, gender and category of athletes in coping with sports stress
|Article Title||Role of self-efficacy, gender and category of athletes in coping with sports stress|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Ebonyi State University, Nigeria and 2 University of Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Sep 2012|
|Pages||94 - 101|
|Keyword(s)||Category of athletes, Coping, Gender, Self-efficacy and Sports stress|
The study investigated the role of self-efficacy, gender and category of athletes in coping with sports stress among 236 athletes from secondary (high) schools in Enugu, South-east, Nigeria. They were aged 10-20 years, with a mean age of 15.46 years. Using a three-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), results showed that self-efficacy is a significant variable in coping with sports stress. Athletes with high self-efficacy reported the use of more adaptive coping strategies than athletes with low self-efficacy. Also, female athletes used more adaptive coping strategies than their male counterparts. Athletes' category (senior versus junior) did not play any significant role in participants' coping strategies during sports stress. There was significant interaction effect of self-efficacy and gender on coping with sports stress. The implications of these findings in managing sports stress among young athletes were discussed.
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