oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Attributions of misfortune in sport: the case of GUSA 1997 games
|Article Title||Attributions of misfortune in sport: the case of GUSA 1997 games|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal|
|Affiliations||1 *Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. **Department of Psychology, Stanford University, U.S.A.|
|Publication Date||Jan 1997|
|Pages||185 - 200|
|Keyword(s)||Anxiety-provoking, Biased, Cathartic release, Defense mechanisms, Denial, Displaced aggression, Dispositional attributions, Hostility, Officiating, Rationalization, Scapegoating, Self-esteem, Sublimation, Victimisation and Witchcraft explanations|
During the 1997 Ghana University Sports Association Games in February 1997, the attributions for failure of 30 male and 30 female sportspersons in either team or individual events were sought. Subjects were virtually equally likely to give external, internal or scapegoat attributions for their failure in sport. Team situations increased the tendency to scapegoat. Males were found to be more mastery-oriented in their attributions than females. The implications for sports in Ghana have been considered.
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