n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The effects of demographic variables on trust in leadership in sport : human resource issues in sport

Volume 18 Number sup-1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study examined the effect of a group of socio-demographic variables on perceived characteristics of the coach by student-athletes and athletes' trust in the coach. The socio-demographic variables were . The perceived characteristics of the coach included perceived . A series of MANOVAs were conducted and significant effects were found for age, sports, and locations of high schools, except types of high schools, on perceived characteristics and trust in the coach. An examination of the means of trust in the coach and perceived characteristics found that university student athletes aged 18 to 25 years had higher level trust in the coach (M = 3.64), compared with age 26 years and above (M = 3.17) and higher levels of all the perceived characteristics. Of the six sports (i.e. soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, softball, and athletics), the student athletes who participated in cricket, rugby, and soccer generally had the highest levels of trust in the coach and the perceived characteristics of the coach. In terms of five locations of the high school the student athletes attended (i.e. rural, small town, suburban, city and private), those from small town had the highest level of trust in the coach and all perceived characteristics of the coach except perceived competence on which they were slightly lower than those from suburban. And those from suburban had the second highest scores across all other variables. The effects of types of high school on the student athlete's trust and perceived characteristics were not statistically significant.

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